Fifty Years

An awfully momentous event went relatively unnoticed over the weekend. My folks celebrated their 50-year wedding anniversary.

The “relatively unnoticed” part is that the big celebration is going to happen in early August. That week, all of us kids, all of our kids and spouses, Mom and Dad, are headed up to Estes Park to a couple of cabins at the YMCA of the Rockies.

 It’s a place we spent lots of summers when it was just three kids, them, and a station wagon. Now, the trip will involve four families coming from three cities….12 people, several cars and probably a couple of plane flights.

Check out these pics, from very early in their marriage…

Man, were they young and stylin’

I have no real way to quantify what fifty years means, except to note that these days it seems an extraordinary achievement. It’s also a bit strange to imagine that I’ve been around for most of that journey with them. I’m trying not to think too deeply about that so as to avoid associating my personhood with the word “50” for as long as possible.

One thing I love about watching my parents these days is how clearly they enjoy spending time with each other. They keep busy with a great many things, between their own interests, the lakehouse, and kids/grandkids in three different cities. But, first and foremost, they love being with each other, and it’s really wonderful to see.
Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad.
Love, Eric

Posted by

Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.