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Sunday was a day for celebrations

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Greg Peck
Monday, May 13, 2013

My wife, Cheryl, and I celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday by traveling to Hoffman Estates, Ill., to spend time with Cheryl’s son Adam and his wife and our grandchildren.

But that’s not all we were celebrating. Sunday was also my birthday. For Cheryl and me, it was also our wedding anniversary—our 15th, to be exact.

(A little background on this unusual convergence: Cheryl and I were engaged in 1998 when we booked a 13-day trip to four Hawaiian islands. I suggested we get married while there, and I told Cheryl to pick an island. She chose Maui but noted one complication: The only day we had available without sightseeing tours while on that island was May 12, my birthday. “Well, then,” I suggested, “I’ll probably never forget my anniversary.”)

Talk about lots to celebrate this weekend. Throw in the complications of my having to attend the Lakefly Literary Conference, held Friday and Saturday in Oshkosh and sponsored in part by the Wisconsin Writers Association, of which I’m a board member, and you can see the complications.

That’s why I took last week off (I hope you noticed the lack of daily blogs). Cheryl and I spent time visiting my parents in Minocqua from Monday through Wednesday. We helped with lots of yard work and celebrated Mother’s Day early by taking Mom and Dad out to eat. Oh, we also celebrated Mom’s birthday early—her birthday is today. (Happy birthday, Mom!).

Cheryl and I returned home Wednesday night and spent much of Thursday celebrating our anniversary early so we could focus Sunday on Mother’s Day. On Friday morning, I was headed to Oshkosh.

We enjoyed the sun setting over the Rock Prairie on our drive back from Illinois on Sunday night. It was a whirlwind week, but an enjoyable one, nonetheless.

I hope Mother’s Day was a joyous celebration for you and your family. As photographer Dan Lassiter reminded us all so poignantly in his heartfelt feature in Sunday’s Gazette, our mothers won’t be around forever. We shouldn’t miss opportunities to let them know how much they mean to us.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

Last updated: 9:20 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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