Phil and “Alice” have spent 40 years together. Raising children, running a ranch, planting trees (that do and do not grow), and welcoming grandchildren into the fold of their lives. Their family.
And so Jodi, their daughter, decided she wanted to mark her parents’ 40th by capturing them – all of them – as they are. Silly and playful and shy and sweet and curious and polite and stubborn and funny.
So they let me into their world for a night and we climbed rocks and petted cats and dogs and watched for rattlesnakes and cow pies and cactus.
They smiled when they were interacting with each other and would turn to warn me of poison ivy and holes. Someone told them I was less than graceful from a previous incident last summer. Thank you, I think, for small town talk.
And we wandered around the ranch and we chased the light and I learned so much and watched so much and witnessed so much.
In two hours’ time, I learned what 40 years of love looks like in blue jeans and generations of similar smiles and playful mannerisms.
A sneak peek for them and inspiration for the rest of us.