September 21st, 2013

Celebrating mom and dad's 60th wedding anniversary...

~Saturday~ I arrived at the Mayflower seafood restaurant in Winterville, NC, where my sister, Vivian, was hard at work decorating the area of the restaurant she'd reserved for us for a couple of hours.

She had meticulously set the table with an array of things she'd been looking for, buying, and putting together for the last few days. Such a Martha Stewart (minus the jail time), that one.

When the "bride and groom" arrived, we sat them in the guest of honors' spot, where not 09 for September (although that works on one level), but 60 was spelled out with Hershey's kisses and hugs, along with some "diamonds" on the table, since the 60th wedding anniversary is the "Diamond Anniversary."

Mom and dad seated at the table with "floral cupcake" centerpieces

Here's a close-up of those wonderful cupcakes-on-a-skewer-stem that Vivian made:

Green, yellow, and blue cupcakes on a skewer arranged like a bouquet

I remember thinking, when I took this picture of Jeff and Vivian, "I have to remember to get a picture of me."

I also wanted to get one of mom and dad with me, mom and dad with Vivian and Jeff, and then ask our server to take one of all five of us, but none of that ever happened. :-(

I was in charge of photography and I blew it!

Jeff and Vivian

We started off with a couple of orders of steamed clams, which all of us love.

Steamed clams sitting in melted butter

After dinner, we had mom and dad renew their vows—just for fun, not in a religious way or anything, since none of us are qualified to do such.

Vivian wrote them in such a way that they didn't have to do any of the "repeat after me" stuff. At the end, in response to, "Do you, Manny, take Pauline... ...until death do you part?" All they had to say was, "Yes, I still do."

Vivian, mom, and dad sharing a laugh during the renewal of the vows

Mom getting emotional, or puckering up for the kill...

Awwwww! (Whatever happened to cocking your head a little when you kiss?)

The kiss...

Vivian and Jeff also renewed their vows, as their 25th anniversary is imminent. (Notice the head-cocked technique. Nice.)

Vivian and Jeff kissing...

A good time was had by all. And here's the "bride and groom" when they were really the bride and groom, and then again at their 50th!

Newspaper clipping from mom and dad's 50th, showing them at their wedding and then again at their 50th

Come Back to the Five & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

~Saturday~ Tonight I saw Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.

I've never been a big fan of Robert Altman films, but I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this gem of a movie, and once again, I have to thank Bob for introducing me to another great film.


Synopsis: The "Disciples of James Dean" (a fan club) meet up on the 20th anniversary of his death and mull over their lives in the present and in flashback, revealing the truths behind their complicated lives. Who is the mysterious Joanne and what's the real story behind Mona's son, James Dean Junior?

My thoughts and observations on this film:

  • I'm actually devising this entry on October 4, and two interesting things have happened since I've seen this film that made me think about it:

    1. Marta Heflin, who played Edna Louise in the film, died, and

    2. Mia Farrow's recent claim that Frank Sinatra might be her son Ronan's father reminded me of the character Mona's insistence that Jimmy Dean was the father of her child.

  • I enjoyed seeing "the 1975 versions" of Cher, Karen Black, and Kathy Bates.

  • This movie was way ahead of its time with a transgender character in it.

  • These are some of the themes explored in this movie that come to my mind:

    • Denial

    • Betrayal

    • Secrets

    • Keeping up appearances

    • Hopes and dreams

    • Staying in, or getting away from, small towns

    • Mental illness

    • Homosexuality and gender variance

    • Shared passion about famous people contextually situated in a fan club

    • The veracity (or not) of the notion that "You can't go home again"

As I said, I'm "two thumbs up" on this movie, for sure.