Milestones are something we tend to always recognise and make a fuss of. These can be simple events, like losing our first tooth, or being able to ride a bike without the training wheels, to graduating university, playing 100 games of football, or, even, turning 50. Milestones are those times in life when we celebrate being alive. If you look back through photos and videos, for most of us, they are a catalogue of our lives. Even though these occasions are the same for most of us, they help to paint pictures that are individual and unique. Milestones in life are also pauses that recognise how special a person is, and this could not be more recognised than when a couple celebrates a significant wedding anniversary. Recently, my parents marked 60 years of marriage. That’s right, not 25, 45 or even 50 years of wedded bliss, but 60. My mum and dad came together about the time Pope John XXIII announced Vatican II, before pounds and pence made way for dollars and cents, before the Beatles had their first hit and before Neil Armstrong took the giant leap for mankind. When Greta and Alf tied the knot at Geraldton’s St Francis Xavier Cathedral in 1962, it was shortly before Jean Shrimpton ventured out in the first minidress, when JFK was US president, and when Japanese cars just didn’t exist in Australia. In 1962, Dad drove a two-tonne Ford Zephyr and Mum designed their little flat in Wonthella with the trendy minimalism in mind — the black and white chequered linoleum that graced the little weatherboard unit was all the rage. The ensuing decades would see Greta and Alf witness immense change. This would include watching their children go through school and become married adults, the birth of grandchildren and an assortment of pets come and go, while only moving house once. During that period, they have witnessed, together, the end of the Vietnam War, and the advent of the technology age. They’ve lived through six popes, an incredible 17 Australian prime ministers and 61 AFL/VFL grand finals. In that time, they have been a constant in each other’s lives, lives that have witnessed much love and laughter, along with their share of heartbreak and pain. But through it all, they have remained Greta and Alf, my mum and dad. Happy anniversary to you both. Peter Fiorenza hosts Fiorenza on Sunday between 10am and noon on Radio MAMA.