I recently had the pleasure of celebrating the 50 year wedding anniversary of my husband’s parents. We had a wonderful dinner at a restaurant of their choice, and enjoyed their company as they reminisced about their summer of courtship and their wedding day. As I sat at the table, the magnitude of the celebration struck me- 50 years. You (I) don’t hear that very often, as divorce rates climb, and complex illnesses claim young lives. As I looked at my husband, I began to do the math- I’ll be 87 when we celebrate our 50th together… sweet… the thought makes me laugh, especially since I used to believe I wouldn’t make it past college.
I asked Linda what advice would she give a couple getting married today. She shared, “Treat each other with respect. Forgive each other. Don’t hold a grudge, and don’t forget why you married each other. Use each other’s strengths to make a stronger partnership. Sometimes you give more than you get, and sometimes you get more than you give, and that’s good. If you remember all these things, you’ll still be in love after 50 years.”
Wise words, counsel that I will take to heart. I look forward to celebrating that milestone with my husband, and I will do my best to maintain our health so we can even live that long. I’ve already quit smoking, quit drinking, and quit speeding, so I figure I’m off to a good start! In the meantime, I would like to send many congratulations to Fred and Linda for their anniversary, and I look forward to celebrating many more with them!