is another little story that son, David, got from his
dad about the wedding, 50 years ago ...
was always customary to have a stag night before the big
day here in the UK. I think you call them buck nights
or maybe that's the Aussies. Anyway during dad's stag
night they all went to a posh restaurant.
Johnny, and at least 30 friends were there. So they all
had a meal and good booze up till the early hours of the
next morn. There was only one catch. Who was going pay
the check: Dad, Johnny (The Best Man) or someone else?
got to about 2:00 a.m., and they were all no worse for
wear. So the usual thing was to DO A RUNNER and NOT pay
the bill at all. So up they all jumped and legged it as
fast as they could down the road.
next morning dad and Johnny turned up on time at church.
(By the way they both got married in the same church.)
There was a photographer waiting to take picture of the
BEST Man and groom. As they took the long walk down the
path to the church, the photographer was taking pictures
and behold there were the 30 friends ALL behind the photographer.
They were all singing the army song when the army guys
go on a long march, something like "left, right,
1, 2, left, right, 3, 4." So you can imagine both
Johnny and dad couldn't keep a straight face when the
photographer was taking pictures before they finally walked
down the aisle.
the Coleman Sons See It: Gold Beyond Measure
is November 6, 2004,
the day of your 50th anniversary celebration;
we, your children, would like to honour you both,
with this deep heartfelt token of our appreciation.
your love, you created us,
and we'd like to say thanks from the four,
George, Jeffrey, Steven, and David;
we will all love you for evermore.
weve had such great inspiration,
your example's been a steady light,
your care for each other is unending,
and your love for us has kept on shining bright.
your sons, proudly carry the Coleman name,
and yes, we can see things differently as we've grown;
you've passed onto us your very best qualities
that we can now share with families of our own.
never failed to be there for us,
and weve always known that were never alone;
were so grateful for all your wonderful support,
and for all the love that youve shown.
hope and trust we can instil in our children,
the Coleman common sense that you in us have done,
and show them the faith, hope, love, and loyalty;
and just like you, be to our children, their morning sun.
are the most steadfast, loving, caring parents
and as grandparents, simply put, you are the best,
if life ever was to be an examination,
with flying colours, youve very much passed the test.
dont get to choose our parents
and parents cant choose how their children turn out;
we really believe we got the best end of the deal,
because youve shown us four what caring is about.
theres one last thing wed like to say,
before this heartfelt testimonial ends,
youve been much more than just parents,
youve been like our lifelong best friends.
wed just like to wish you a happy 50th Anniversary,
thats really what these words are for,
heres to you Mum, heres to you Dad, you're golden,
and heres to at least another fifty more.
all our love, George, Jeffrey, Steven, and David
Copyright Allen Jesson :) 2003