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    Posted March 24, 2012 by
    Los Angeles, California
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    In Sickness And In Health


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     JudyStarkman told me, 'I wanted to document this moment in time for myself and for my parents. It was hard to be their child and yet step back from the emotions of all the memories and simply let the camera tell the story, but that's what I have done my whole life.'
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    I recently spent a day with my parents on the eve of their 50th wedding anniversary. I wanted to document this milestone by spending a day in their natural environment. It was interesting to see how they spend their time and how they have transformed my childhood home to help accommodate their growing medical needs.

    Nearly every room in the house had been converted and changed, leaving little resemblance to the space in which I grew up.

    My parents were always very connected with each other. My mother, always dependent on father and my father only too happy to be there for her. But what was more compelling for me was to witness this growing bond now that they are older and how well they get along with each other.

    It's hard to imagine them not together and I worry about what that time will be like. I think when you get to be 82, you have the same thoughts perhaps on a daily basis.

    However, on this particular day, it was touching to see how involved they still are with each other and it was comforting to know they keep each other company so well and are still together.

    Happy 50th Anniversary Mom and Dad.
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