Yesterday, my family celebrated my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary! They didn’t want a big fuss, no renewing of the vows, or huge party with lots of family and friends, no big trip, or expensive gifts. Nope, not my parents, they wanted it like they want everything low key, simple, and with each other, their children, and their grandchildren. So, that’s what we gave them. My husband went all out and cooked out steaks. I cooked all the fixings, my sister baked a cake, and Anna, my daughter got a little fancy with the decorations. I made sure that my parents cut the cake, and made a toast. Their advice for marriage; “Be kind to one another”, and, “We all have faults, but we need to always look at the good parts of one another.”
My parents make me so proud! They made me and my siblings who we are today. Their lifetime commitment to kindness, respect, cooperation, and selfless love, has taught us how to do the same in our own relationships. They taught us how to love. Their love created four children, from which seven grandchildren have been born from loving marriages. Our parents, and families form who we are as children, and most times who will grow to be as spouses. We should never underestimate the influence of a parent in our formation.
My parents don’t see that it’s a big deal to be married for 50 years, in fact, they said it doesn’t seem like that long at all. It’s not a big deal to them because they have loved being married to one another. It is a big deal to me and everyone that their love has influenced. Because of their love, much love has been created, given, and passed on to others. Thank you Mom and Dad, I can’t think of a better example of a stronger or more loving marriage ever!