A Time Of Re­newal

Riverbank News - - PERSPECTIVE - Marg Jack­son

Novem­ber has ar­rived. Not sure how that hap­pened so fast. And I don’t even want to cal­cu­late how many shop­ping days ‘til Christ­mas. Al­though there are al­ready a few presents in hid­ing; at least I have got­ten started.

Fall sports are be­gin­ning to wind down for lo­cal high schools, which means the winter sports teams are start­ing their con­di­tion­ing. It’s a re­ally hec­tic time of year and it’s not just the fast ap­proach­ing hol­i­days, there are al­ways food drives, cloth­ing drives, fall fes­ti­vals, church bazaars, etc.

Oc­to­ber was busy and we have suc­cess­fully nav­i­gated the Hal­loween fes­tiv­i­ties – now we get to fall back and try to catch up a lit­tle with an ex­tra hour of sleep on Satur­day night. I think we all need it.

Per­haps one of the best events of Oc­to­ber was get­ting to at­tend a wed­ding vow re­newal for friends who cel­e­brated their 31st wed­ding an­niver­sary with the spe­cial cer­e­mony. It was the ‘other Jack­sons’ – the par­ents of my daugh­ter Ally’s best friend and ‘un­bi­o­log­i­cal sis­ter’ Kate­lyn. Bobby and Edy Jack­son have been to­gether since they were teenagers, high school sweet­hearts who have spent 31 years to­gether in mar­riage and re­newed the vows in front of fam­ily and friends. Kate­lyn, in fact, was able to per­form the ser­vice and wrote a touch­ing and heart­felt piece about her par­ents.

We have been friends with the other Jack­sons for years, since the girls were in school and started play­ing travel soc­cer to­gether. We very of­ten rode with them to out of town week­end tour­na­ments and have a ton of mem­o­ries. Santa Cruz, Cherry Is­land, Fresno – we have logged many miles with them, shar­ing ex­cit­ing vic­to­ries and some de­feats we all still lament. (Just ask any of us about the Kickin’ Chick­ens; we were robbed!)

The other Jack­sons are also the ones who gave Ally her long­time nick­name of ‘Waf­fles’ – some­thing about her prob­lems suc­cess­fully nav­i­gat­ing a waf­fle-mak­ing ma­chine at a ho­tel break­fast room early one Satur­day morn­ing. Luck­ily, Bobby came to the res­cue, us­ing his hands to catch the free-flow­ing waf­fle bat­ter when the spout mal­func­tioned. Or mys­te­ri­ously got bro­ken. I just know from then on, Ally was known as Waf­fles among many in our soc­cer cir­cle.

The girls were in­sep­a­ra­ble in high school; now both are en­gaged and plan­ning their wed­dings. Kate­lyn is the youngest in her fam­ily, the only girl, with two older broth­ers. Ally is the youngest in our fam­ily, the only girl, with two older broth­ers. They had plenty to bond over to be­gin with and their friend­ship is one of those you cher­ish for a life­time.

It just makes me think of how quickly the time does fly. Cliché, of course, but true all the same. When you’re in the midst of what­ever it is you’re in­volved with – from 4-H to com­pet­i­tive soc­cer to AcaDec – there are days when it seems as though you will al­ways be do­ing it. As hard as it is to jug­gle life, work, fam­ily and all those ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, it is worth it. For me, the more in­volved you are with your kids, the stronger the bond, the bet­ter the mem­o­ries.

There’s also some­thing to be said for the bonds that help keep a mar­riage to­gether for more than 30 years. Bobby and Edy have worked hard at it, sup­ported each other through tough times, been there to share the good times and al­ways re­mem­bered that love is the com­mon de­nom­i­na­tor.

We re­joice with them in their vow re­newal; it was an honor to be a part of their cel­e­bra­tion.

Marg Jack­son is edi­tor of The Escalon Times, The Oak­dale Leader and The River­bank News. She may be reached at mjack­son@oak­dale­leader.com or by call­ing 847-3021.

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