They had puppies and kittens for pets, and raised various gerbils, butterflies, goldfish, frogs and toads in jars on the dining room buffet. They read lots of stories to each other, made forts out of the living room davenport, and played in the backyard sandbox and playhouse.
They enjoyed many lunches and dinners in a crowded, cozy kitchen. They spent many enjoyable hours around the dining room table on holidays, eating the wonderful food, playing many rousing card games of Euchre, Hearts, and Uno, and talking about everything.
The four lucky children eventually grew up and moved away, to the 10,000 lakes of Minnesota, the dairy country of Wisconsin, the rolling hills of Missouri, and the Sonoran Desert of Arizona.
Even though they can't always be together, they always know that the family is still there for them, just like the lake in Minnesota is still there.
Happy 49th Anniversary, Mom and Dad. I love you.