50 years

While hiking at the state park yesterday, my mom noticed that the wooden railings of the bridge we were standing on was covered with the usual teenager graffiti, such as “Ben + Jenny = love 4ever” and “Lindsey (heart) John.”

Being my mom, she concluded that it was time to add a more adult point of view. Here is the result of my mother defacing state property:

50 years

If you can’t read it, it says: “Cliff & Nancy, 50 years.” Yes, my parents will be married 50 years this September.

I loved this. Why don’t more adults add their voices to the teen claims? Let those kids know that relationships can indeed last a lifetime — it’s not just in the fairy tales.

Mom has now decided to embark on a graffiti campaign. I say more power to her.

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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8 Responses to 50 years

  1. Liam says:

    I love your Mom for that attitude. Have fun in Oregon!

  2. xenatuba says:

    I saw a great cartoon one time. It showed an old couple standing beneath a very old tree, with a heart and initials carved several feet above their heads, and in the “thought bubble” above their heads was them as kids, carving their initials. I will think of your parents like that. Power to them!!

  3. Lilaine says:

    Nancy rocks! 🙂

    On some 😉 other hand, there could be adults who’d leave this kind of message:
    “Me + a bunch of them over time,
    Loved them all, still looking for The One”

    Quite another point of view, yet positively picturing loving (if not so long) relationships, and encouraging perseverance and hope. 🙂

  4. Oh, yeah, Nancy totally rocks! \o/

    On the other hand, I’m looking forward to the possibility of writing my own graffiti (either in Oregon, in Portugal or elsewhere). First mark: 10 years!

    • Lilaine says:

      Oh, yeah! Cool! 🙂
      And after that, the second, and the third… until the last, hopefully over 50 years, when one of your great grand children will take a wonderful pic with whatever image-processing device exist at this time, so that we -the faithful followers- can visualize it (probably some kind of 3D+sound-holo-thing) on the long-lived Oregon Expat Blog! 😮
      Looking forward to 40 and some more years of reading from our favorite Oregon Expat blogger! 😀

  5. Alma says:


  6. Lisa Shaw says:

    You should get your mom a nice, slick little locking-blade pocket knife (and maybe a stainless steel Sharpie to boot) so she can make those tags of hers just a *tad* longer-lasting. 😉

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