There is that old saying what ever it was; that , friends are more reliable than relatives . So a spade being a spade and I don't give a stuff who I offend, I shall promulgate a list of those who sent congratulations for our fifty fith Anniversary and not those who didn't. Bearing in mind that, my wife and I rarely fail to communicate regularly or send Gold, Frankincense or Myrrh to our deserving relatives on the two major gift giving days of the year, I find it pathetic and offensive that not one single card or communication was received from any of our relatives, other than verbal congrats from two granddaughters and two sons. My main reason for this tirade is simply that my Wife Rosemary - the Matriarch of our family who bends over backwards to maintain the Status Quo within the tribe deserves better than this, although Rosemary and I have never been afforded the privilege to send a significant marriage time frame congratulatory message beyond(Wood- Five Years) to any of our prodigy, we would have certainly done so, should there have been an opportunity, I suppose it is the sign of the times; like the throw away society of today, where selfishness rules supreme . In my case it would not bother me too much, as it would provide an excuse for knocking up a ( I am frightfully sorry; I forgot list) Or as the Irish lady said to her son " I was going to send fifty dollars; but I had already sealed the envelope" I am not sure I would send a 'go and get stuffed message - but then you never know, maybe simply to let them know I am still around, A cheap shop card - with the message"Things are tough - times are hard here's your effing birthday card".

There were Thirty seven email and blog comment messages received from friends here in Oz and overseas and those who sent them we thank you.
Rosemary and I exchanged Cards & flowers and other niceties.
Other than that, the only other card we received was from an ex Governor General and his wife, Sir William P Deane and Lady Helen Deane. Thanks Bill and Helen.

It's really a wonder that I haven't yet dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. yet I keep them, because in spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart. I suppose we must learn which ceremonies may be breached occasionally at our convenience and which ones may never be if we are to live pleasantly with our fellow man.

P S. In lieu of 'Effing' you may read blesse'd if you wish.

Have a Happy and Wonderful day, VEST.


Anonymous said…
I find that a lot of folk don't take any notice of tradition and it's niceties anymore Vest.
Seems to be a changing world.
I hope you both had a really lovely and special time.
You both deserve it after a landmark like that. Many congrats again ... and may you enjoy many, many more happy years together.
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Vest said…
Anon: your bp is raising its ugly head again.
Vest said…
Anon Deleted: In reply to your derogatory remark.
My parents were married in 1923 May 10th. My Fathers birthday was in 1890 Aug 19th, he died near Christmas 1930. At that time my Sister was nearly 18 months old, I was nearly three and a half years old and my Brother was five years old on Christmas day. My Mother was borm in 1897 on July 21st, my Sister in 1928 on July 15th and I arrived in this world at midnight Friday July 16 1926.
My Mother died in 1983 on July 20th and my Brother Christopher died 2004 on Jan 12.
Anon. It is not odd that you should tell me that people don't remember important family dates nowadays. because they are in a majority who are not family orientated, my five sons have fallen away to that system of failed unions divorces etc - but in this computer age they have access to accurate record keeping and reminders.In my era a working thoughtful brain was all that was needed plus pen and ink and if you could afford a telephone.

David and Anthony (Tony) your birthday cards will be posted today as usual and we will sing the "Happy Birthday" song over the phone on the 27th and 29th of June. like most aged parents will do for their children.

Remember, Monday need not be mundane if you love someone.
Vest said…
Thanks Aggie. It is a pity that there are not more people around like your good self.x.
Keshi said…
Vesty, u and ur wife r a living example of TRUE LOVE. We dun find that nowadays..everyone's become so materialistic and selfish...divorces r on the rise and love is nowhere to be found.

*HUGZ* n more love to both of ya!

Anonymous said…
u r a sentimental old fool

if i love u
and i forget your bday or your anniv

it dont mean I love u less
Anonymous said…
Eighteen Double Vodkas

A guy walked into a bar one day and said to the barman, "Give me six double vodkas."
The barman says, "Wow! you must have had one hell of a day."

"Yeah, I just found out my oldest son is gay."

The next day, the same guy came into the bar and asked for the same drinks. When the bartender asked what the problem was today the answer came back, "I just found out that my youngest son is gay, too!"

On the third day, the guy came into the bar and ordered another six double vodkas. The bartender said, "Jesus! Doesn't anybody in your family like women?"

The man downed the first drink and shook his head, "Yeah, my wife!"
Anonymous said…
A woman went up to the bar in a quiet rural pub...
She gestured alluringly to the bartender who approached her
immediately, She seductively signaled that he should bring his face closer to hers.
As he did, she gently caressed his full beard.
"Are you the manager?" she asked, softly stroking his face with both
"Actually, no," he replied.
"Can you get him for me? I need to speak to him," she said, running
her hands beyond his beard and into his hair.
"I'm afraid I can't," breathed the bartender.. "Is there anything I can do?"
"Yes. I need for you to give him a message," she continued, running her forefinger across the bartender's lip and slyly popping a couple of her
fingers into his mouth and allowing him to suck them gently.
"What should I tell him?" the bartender managed to say.
"Tell him," she whispered "There's no toilet paper, hand soap, or paper towels in the ladies room."
Vest said…
Anon: It pleases me that, you refer to me as being a sentimental old fool.
Our forgetful prodigy and their issue were prewarned in a non intrusive manner a few weeks previously and it was perceived that they knew of the impending happening. So dont concern yourself over my conduct. I shall not do a Oliver Cromwell and cancel Christmas and other family festivities. However, a rider appended after any future greeting card message to our forgetful relatives, like "We had an enjoyable 55th Wedding Anniversary on June 20, Shame you missed out, get well soon", may prompt them to remember the next in five years time, provided we are still available.

Have a thoughtful day.
Vest said…
Keshi: Your warm message left us with misty eyes, you are a real sweety, XXX

Wherever there is a Human Being, there is an opportunity for kindness.
Anonymous said…
Son turns his dead dad into a teapot.
John Lowndes has no problem stirring up happy memories of his dad after putting his ashes in an urn with a difference.
He found that when Ian died 10 years ago aged 75, one of the things he missed most was their tradition of putting the world to rights over a nice cuppa.

So he brewed up the idea of giving him leaf eternal by having his ashes mixed with clay to make a teapot.
John, 54, said: "Those cups of tea with dad were special and when he died I really missed them."
John, of Broad Haven, Pembs, approached local potter Neil Richardson who made two teapots - in case one breaks. John added: "Dad would understand. The only thing more appropriate would have been a pint glass."
Anonymous said…
Now dont forget Keshis bday
June 25

she cries easy
Anonymous said…
my mail to u is bouncing back
u angry?
Anonymous said…
I dont know about u Britishers
but in Goa, India

we dont want guests or wishes or flowers or anything on our wedding anniv

wedding anniv is only for the couple

a private affair
Anonymous said…
Anonymous you are certainly different from most bloggers I know - how do u get away with it. you must be a proven ID Ten Tic expert. not may guys have expertise in that field like your self.
Anonymous said…
Mr vest I didn't know you were that old, most of us Abo's dont make it to 55 so not likely near being wed that long, What the f is ID Ten TIC ?
Vest said…
Wally: You mean, "What is ID TEN TIC", Wally, you write the figure 10 instead of writing the word ten, get it?.
Anonymous said…
I dont get nothing
u britishers are weird
Anonymous said…
was a time K was the victom of my heckling

she took it sportingly for quite a while

then she went bersek
wonder how much VEST can take
Anonymous said…
I always tot Aggie was 19 give or take 10 years

and here she is talking of tradition and a changing world

is Aggie a grandmother?
Vest said…
Anon: It took less than a minute for me to work out Mikes Puzzle.
ID TEN TIC, sub ten for 10 and You get IDIOTIC.
Only a complete goose as your self would fail to get it.

Anon: Your last Q you may add to your ever growing list of unanswerable questions.
Anonymous said…
LD Lawyer is #$@&^%$# $%#*&^@

u figure that out
no clues
Anonymous said…
There's no toilet paper, hand soap, or paper towels in the ladies room."

u wont find any of these items in an Indian toilet in India

only plenty water

and the next time u kiss the hand of an Indian damsel ....
Vest said…
Previous anonymous: Having experienced the obscene foul plop in the hole lavatories in Asia and the Middle East. Using ones fingers and an empty baked bean can of water to dispose the remnants of your stool does not spring to mind as being hygenic. Although public toilets in the Western world have much room for improvement, those in the area I live are of a high standard.
In most homes in the western world where there are bathrooms, there are facilities for the option of washing - after wiping.
And of course; washing your hands afterwards too.
Anonymous said…
and you cant stoop over that smelly hole and read a Penthouse magazine for a half an hour without getting a crook back
Vest said…
Wally and his people are to be admired, his ancestors were living in the stone age 200 years back.
Some have become lawyers and politicians, some have even become sanitary engineers.

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