Loving Companions

Loving Companions

How fun to be able to turn from young lovers – Katie and Jacob, Jill and Ryan – to another kind of love story.  Sunday afternoon was the celebration of the 65th anniversary of Bob and Trudy Tobias, and what a sweet and poignant occasion this was.  All kinds of friends and family members gathered to pay tribute to this wonderful couple-  with eloquent words of tribute spoken by their son Jan, by Pastor Jeff, by a relative from Kansas- but I especially appreciated the words spoken by Bob Tobias himself.  It was hard for him to get to the podium,  and he is a rather stooped-over, frail figure- but he still commands attention.  My favorite moment in his remarks came when he explained the word “companion”- that in fact the literal meaning of the word is in fact “with” and “bread” –  a companion is one with whom one breaks bread and shares it together.  And that is a neat image when one thinks about dear friends- and especially about one’s spouse.  And for as rushed and non-fancy as most of our meals at home tend to be, there is something comforting about those occasions when we gather around a table and break bread or share chicken tenders or waffles or whatever the dish at hand tends to be.   And may we be granted 65 years of such joy.