Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Back to School!

I wish everyone a great first day back to school!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

On The Occassion of our Fiftith Annivarsary

Marriage is: An honorable agreement among men as to their conduct toward women, and it was devised by women.
Marriage is :The alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other never forgets them.
Marriage is: The way man finds out what kind of husband his wife would have preferred.
These are all a crock! Make no mistake, I have a lot of questions about marriage, but these platitudes do not help. After fifty years of research, some empirical, some not, I learned far too late that marriage is falling in love everyday! I was able to fall in love but not as often as I would have liked, or as often as she deserved.

I fell in love the first time with a willowy seventeen year old cheerleader, soprano, French horn player, who was employed by JC Penney’s and who I still remember vividly today with great fondness.
I fell in love a second time with a beautiful Indiana co-ed who was majoring in music education, working 20 hours a week in the music office, who played Laurie in the college production of Oklahoma. I fell in love every time I saw it.
I fell in love again with a resourceful young mother, who dealt easily with a house at 127 Bon Aire Drive, three lovely children, and a husband who was not home much.
I fell in love a fourth time with a talented music teacher, who took over a music program in a Butler school, and founded a glee club at St Fidelis Seminary, starred in MTG productions, and continued to raise five lovely children.
I fell in love yet again, with an energetic working mother/wife who looked after an aging mother requiring daily visits, established a private teaching studio, directed a church choir and made dinner for anywhere from seven to sixteen people each day.
Finally I fell in love with an elegant grandmother, who always put the needs of her “grandkids” first, who never forgot that she had a husband, a sister, a mother-in-law and five lovely children, continuing to teach some 30 plus students each week.
Yes I fell in love many times, but always with Claudette.
I remember how natural it felt to start out together, how comfortable we were despite all the crazy stuff that was happening in the world around us.
I knew I had found a companion for life’s journey, someone who would stay beside me, no matter how rough the road or where it took us.
Fifty years have quickly pasted. But I feel the same way now as I did fifty years ago when I first fell in love with that willowy cheerleader/soprano/French horn player, who worked part time at JC Penneys..
As I said at the beginning, I still have questions about marriage, these are but a few:
How do you keep the music playing, how do you make it last?
How do you keep the song from fading too fast?
How do you lose yourself to someone? And never lose your ways,
How do you not run out of new things to say?
And since we’re always changing, how can it be the same?
And tell me how year after year, You’re sure your heart will fall apart
Each time you hear her name.
I know the way I feel for you, will last forever
The more I love, the more that I’m afraid that in your eyes I may not see forever, forever
If we can be the best of lovers ,yet be the best of friends.
If we can try with everyday to make it better as it grows,
With any luck, then I suppose, the music will never end.
I feel anything is possible, I know we can count on each other, and I want to go on sharing everything on life’s journey with Claudette.

Friday, August 17, 2007

A Note of Thanks to Our Wonderful Children

Our gratitude for the time,planning and expense of our recent fiftieth anniversary celebration is beyond expression. All the events had a touch of love and thoughtfulness that did not escape our attention. We are so fortunate to be able to enjoy the company of our adult children. We not only cherish the love of you all as children, but we respect and love you all for the adults that you have become.

This respect and love is extended to include your beautiful spouses and of course to your wonderful children. Please know that you are the most important people in our lives; that each one of you holds a special place in our hearts; that we appreciate your making time to visit us; that we look forward to the time we spend together; that the love we have for each other will grow and expand to encompass all the grandchildren and beyond.

Thanks for everything, Mom and Dad

Claudette and Vincent Sanzotti Celebrate 50th Anniversary

To have a happy marriage you need two people who choose to love each other loyally and exclusively, people like Claudette and Vincent Sanzotti. Their fiftieth anniversary is proof of that love and commitment.

They were married August 17,1957, and will celebrated with a special family dinner August 11,2007 at the Stone Mansion Restaurant in Wexford.

Claudette and Vince met in high school and after college were married in Butler, Pa at St. Michael's Church. Their common love of music, and for each other soon developed into many other loves to share. Their parents, their children, and grandchildren and the many other family and friends that have had the privilege of sharing the past 50 years and more with them.

Vincent spent 32 years as a music educator and band director at Butler Senior High School. He has been a member of the Butler County Symphony and the Musician's Concert Band for 40 plus years and 20 plus years. Vincent is a past director of music at St. Michael's Church and has directed many productions for the Musical Theater Guild over the years.

Claudette Sanzotti is retired as the choral conductor and music director of the Hill Presbyterian Church and the director/founder of the St. Fidelis Seminary Glee Club. She is a past president of the Butler County Symphony Association and has been involved as a performer and director of many Musical Theater Guild productions. She is also the founder and director of the jazz vocal group Swingsation.

Claudette and Vincent have five children; Vincent P., Bryan J., Christina Savannah, Michael J., and Victoria Ban. They have nine grandchildren.