"To bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Isaiah 61:3

The Burckhard Family

The Burckhard Family

Monday, August 1, 2011

A Touching Anniversary Story.....

Happy 52nd Anniversary,Dad & Mom, and Happy 24th Anniversary to my husband Kevin!

We celebrated the special day yesterday out at the lake with a cake. Now, there is a special story behind the cake that Grandma shared with us while we were enjoying it.

She and Papa stopped by the local DQ to get an ice cream cake. After she picked it out, she asked the counter girl to write "Happy Anniversary" on it. While Grandma was waiting, she watched another customer kidding around with the other employees to find the most chocolatey blizzard they could muster. He then turned to Grandma, apologized, and motioned that it was her turn to order. Grandma said, "Oh no, that is OK, I have already ordered and am waiting for our cake to be inscribed."

The man asked if it was a special event and Grandma replied, "Yes, it's our anniversary, and my daughter's and her husband's too." "We really don't need a cake, but the little ones do." He asked Grandma how many years they have been married and she told him 52 years. He exclaimed, "52 YEARS! That is just wonderful! And I bet he still doesn't learn? Ha Ha" Grandma laughed and said, "Yes, you are right. For 52 years his underwear have been in the same drawer and he still asks me where they are!"

While Grandma was visiting and joking around with the man, she noticed that he was wearing a shirt with "FEMA" embroidered on the front, so she told him how much our community appreciates what they have done to help our flooded little city.

At this time, the cake was ready....and before Grandma could lift her purse up to open it, this gentleman quickly handed the cashier the money to pay for the anniversary cake. Even the DQ workers were crying......

Grandma didn't get his name, but she was so blessed by his little act of generosity. And it helped restore a little of her faith in mankind.

Thank you FEMA man, whoever you are. You made our special day one to remember.

Oh, and Happy Anniversary.... Mom & Dad! We love you and hope to make it to 52 years one day too!


  1. Happy Anniversary to all of you! I love that story too:)

  2. Mom told me that story this morning! That is so awesome! 52 years and 24 years! Wow! Happy Anniversary to all of you!!!

  3. Congratulations to both couples! 24 years is nothing to scoff at these days.

  4. Beautiful story and Happy Anniversary!!!


  5. What a story! There still are good people in our City. I bet the cake tasted good too since it was a gift?
    Happy Anniversary you 4 and I hope you have many more anniversaries together.

  6. What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing!! Happy Anniversary!! to all of you! Your mom and dad are precious. (((HUGS)))

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  8. What a sweet story, Paula. Thanks for sharing it. I especially like the comment about the underwear in the same drawer for 52 years. ha~ Sounds familiar.... :)