50 years. That is a long time, don’t you agree? Think about your life 50 years ago (if you were born) or 50 years from now. Think of all the things you can do, see, learn, experience, taste, touch, feel, in 50 years. It is a massive amount of time – and as of March 11, 2010, it is how long my dear parents have been married!
That is certainly an accomplishment and something to be very very proud of. I don’t know if they even realize how much they have positively influenced their children’s lives, just by staying married – and HAPPILY I might add.
My life growing up was always full of balance, and security and laughter and wonder and feeling loved and safe. I was happy and fulfilled and grateful. And today – I am still all of those things. Knowing my mom and dad were there for me every step of the way really helped to mold and shape me (and I think I turned out pretty darn good). Granted, parents can be there for their children even if they are separated or divorced - but for me, I feel very blessed to have the strength and bond of a strong family unit throughout not only my childhood, but my adult life as well.
Watching my parents is amazing. They are truly best friends. Sure – they have their moments when they might yell at each other, or get frustrated and say things that maybe aren’t the nicest in the moment – hello!! after 54 years of each other there is bound to be some annoyances! BUT – it’s always a happy ending and they are always in love. They travel and ski and kayak and hike and bike and laugh with each other all the time. They kiss and hug and they do the meanest Jive and Jitterbug I’ve ever seen a couple do!
I had them both walk me down the aisle because they are “one”. They are my parents and I love them to the ends of the earth. So, here’s to you mom and dad. You are the most amazing people I’ve ever known and I look up to you each and every day. Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary and may all the rest of your days together be as happy as the ones leading you here. I love you.