Let me introduce you to Roy and Theda (Dryden) Darden:
(Photo taken shortly after their marriage, 1940)
There are in one's lives people who are so special there are never sufficient words that will describe them, or your relationship with them.
Roy and Theda are two of those 'special beyond words' people. I met Roy and Theda and many of the Darden clan in late March of 2004 when Man and I were on our way out of the Valley (Rio Grande Valley Texas) on our way back to the north country. We were invited to stop and meet my distant Darden cousins for the first time.
I have to laugh when I refer to them as distant cousins. Man and I walked into their midst that March afternoon, and they opened their arms and hearts to us. We were immediately surrounded by their love. Seldom is that all encompassing love and affection and acceptance so easily and generously offered.
There is nothing distant about Roy and Theda or any of their family. They are in your face affectionate, warm, comfortable, real comfortable. You meet them, you feel as if you just came home, safe and sound. No strangers here, you are family, you belong.
On August 4th, 2010 this wonderful couple will celebrate their SEVENTIETH wedding anniversary. What an amazing day this will be. I hope all my readers and friends will join Man and I in wishing them the very best. Special wishes for very, very special people.
Roy and Theda, 2005.
Love, Carol and her Man
* This Darden clan have been the subjects of several posts here at Reflections, such as, It takes a village, another sharing experience and It takes a village, all residents invited to participate.
Copyright 2010, CABS for Reflections From the Fence