"Happy Anniversary, Mama and Russ," I cheerfully exclaim into the phone, as I do every year on the morning of November 11th. Yup. That's right. My parents' anniversary is on Veteran's Day, so we have plenty to celebrate and be thankful for.
As the phone call continues, Mama informs me she'll be performing her piano music at the local Veterans dinner that night. It's her way of saying "Thank you" and showing her support, while my Step-Dad unwinds a bit at home before they celebrate their wedding anniversary.
"That sounds great, Mama. I'm proud of you and love you. Have fun."
Later that evening, while Mama was putting on her show, Russ was watching a movie at home. Suddenly he heard a loud POP! coming from outside. He went to investigate, and saw flames had engulfed the garage. He quickly grabbed his cell phone, got out of the house, and called 911.
Unbeknownst to what was happening, Mama finished up her concert and called her hubby to let him know how well the show went. She was not expecting to hear when she got home, home wouldn't be there.
The firefighters did all they could, but unfortunately an electrical fire took everything in an hours time. Instead of celebrating their 14th anniversary, my parents suffered a total loss. It is undoubtedly a day they will never forget.
Mama called me that evening and gave me the news. As much as my heart sank and I wanted to be there, I was thankful no one was hurt.
The next day I called home to let Mama know I wanted to organize a fundraiser for her and Russ. She was so thankful, but asked if I could postpone it for awhile so they could have time to figure things out and not inconvenience anyone over the holidays. I understood and agreed, but now the time has come.
Although a few months have passed since the fire happened, my parents are still in the rebuilding phase. Please help me send some love and support their way through this fundraiser. Thank you for your support and God bless.