Saturday, June 22, 2013

What Legacy Will You Leave?

Today is the 50th Wedding Anniversary for my parents :) Congrats to Mr. & Mrs. Evan Deadmond.  It makes me reflect the legacy and lessons they have taught and modeled.

A few wise words of wisdom:

Meme:  Put God first in your life
Pappa:   You have to stand for something and be proud of who you are.
Meme:   I am not telling you again, don't make me get the yardstick.
Pappa:    You are no better than anyone else.
Meme:   Eat at the table as a family.
Pappa:    Never just work to pay bills spend some on fun stuff too.
Meme:   Home made food is always better.
Pappa:    Help those who need it whether it is with time, money or just friendship.
Meme:   Just wait till I tell your Dad.
Pappa:    Don't tell your Mom

As kids, we were raised to go to church and our door was open for company following.  We always stood up for our family name no matter what, we are family first.  Meme I think got each of us with that dreaded yardstick but we learned to behave.  Pappa however, all he had to do was change his tone and we knew we better shape up...a simple, "THAT'S ENOUGH" made us behave...well except for Dana, Brittany and Bridgette :)  Pappa made sure we treated everyone the same no matter who they were, how they dressed, or how much money they had.  We had dinner at the table every night when I was a kid.  If you wanted to go somewhere, the dishes had to be done first.  No meal was complete without making sure Uncle Johnny and Grandpa Meredith were fed too.  Pappa always told me to make sure your don't just have a job do something you enjoy and spend a little of your check on fun.  Sometimes we probably spent too much on fun but even without a perfect credit score, a new car or house we did just fine.  Meme will do anything for anyone and will also tell you what you need to do whether you want to hear it or not.  Pappa always has to back her up when we get a little hard headed though.  I guess that's how they made it 50 years together :)

This is just a few of the things they stand for.  I hope I leave just as good a legacy.  How about you?