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How do you measure time?

March 25, 2017

Al_Bev_wedding_2Al and Bev Franko at their wedding in Ellensburg, Wash., on March 21, 1957. (photo by Maxine and Reinard) Al and Bev Franko on March 21, 2017 ready for a dinner celebration on their 60th wedding anniversary in Melbourne, Fla.Al and Bev Franko on March 21, 2017 ready for a dinner celebration on their 60th wedding anniversary in Melbourne, Fla. (Franko Photography)

Time is measured in many ways. Beyond a stopwatch or clock how does one measure time and what is a long-time?

For me 60-years of marriage is a long-time. Not many achieve that time marker in today's environment. But my parents have done this. And my dads parents before them.

Time for me is often measured in portions of a second when creating a photograph. For others it may be a number of seconds in making a video segment. For others, days or weeks in creating a painting or other works of art.

Today, for my parents, it's years that we're measuring.

On March 21, 1957 in Ellensburg, Wash. my parents took timeout from Central Washington College for their wedding ceremony.

So today, I am using two portions of a second to tie 60-years of marriage into one blog segment.

My parents raised two children amidst new development (Seattle suburbs) driven partially by a rapidly expanding industrial company (Boeing). Both had long careers, Dad as a public school teacher. Mom in banking, both before and then again after raising us kids. We were fortunate to grow up among a series of neighborhoods with parents that cared and knew just about every kid running around the area. And yes at that time we were running around pretty much untethered. But rest assured somebody with eyes in the back of their head knew if you wee on the wrong side of the law or morals.

We really did lead a Leave it to Beaver lifestyle. We were fortunate and we know this.

My parents made many memorable moments happen for us as a family and themselves.

Here's to many more memories and good times!