Even though we were hard at work clearing out the storage unit last week, we did take some time off to celebrate the 4th of July. We went in to Pontiac, Illinois to hear the band play their patriotic tunes. Specifically we chose this band because it’s the one that my mother-in-law used to play in when they still lived in Illinois.
My parents-in-law enjoying the music. I can only imagine how strange it was for Marty (my mom-in-law) to be sitting there listening to them play instead of out there playing with them. One of the guys (I think the director?) was her high school band teacher!
That evening as Christopher and I drove back to the house we were staying at (Randy & Pam’s – his second parents – more on them in a minute), we got to see each little town’s fireworks. At one point we stopped on the side of an old country road, parked the car, leaned against the back of it together and snuggled while watching fireworks. It was a good way to end the 4th. Okay, back to Christopher’s second parents…
My mother-in-law, Marty, grew up going to church with Pam in Illinois though they were a few years apart. They became really close when Marty moved back to Illinois after college. They have been best friends since long before Christopher was even a twinkle in his mother’s eye. 🙂 Christopher considers Randy & Pam to be like second parents to him because he spent so much time at their house growing up. I’ve met Randy and Pam before this weekend, but this was the first time I really felt like I got to know them and I’m so glad I did. Their hospitality and kindness are very reminiscent of my own parents-in-law. I can see why they have always been such good friends. 🙂
When I see friendships that have spanned so many years like this, it makes me think of the friends in my life and hope that I can say the same thing about them someday. The idea of having a best friend for 30 years blows my mind, but in a really good way. 🙂