Statistics Be Damned!

I have decided that anyone married the last few days including today was destined to have a long marriage thereby showing people that not every marriage results in divorce no matter how it may feel sometimes.  I know at least three couples who have been together 15+ years who were married during this time.

My parents were married Aug 20th, 1971 – married 38 years Thursday.  I think they demonstrated to everyone especially their children what “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health” really translates to in real life.

I’ve seen my parents struggle to have enough money to put food on the table.  They may have fought, but in the end, they made it all happen.  They knew what sacrifice meant for the sake of the family – and they demonstrated it.  They may have fought, but you saw them kissing passionately more often.  The love my parents continue to share is fierce.  Regardless of their health, they walk hand-in-hand through it.  Through a major heart attack and a bout with prostate cancer – through my mom almost dying in childbirth – they stood strong next to each other.  A marriage that is an amazing example of what the vows truly mean.  I know all of their kids appreciate the role models.  And, Garbanzo has commented how different his perception of marriage after seeing my parents together.

And today is another anniversary of two people most of us know – Veronica and Hubman.  Married a couple years longer than Garbanzo and I, if I’m not mistaken.  Both have shared with the blogger world parts of their lives….even when it wasn’t so great.  Spend a few hours with them in person, and you don’t wonder long how they made it through everything.  Yes, their sex life and passion is definitely there.  We read the stories and see the pictures.  But, there is an affection that shows anyone the depth of their love for each other.  The way they look at each other, interact with each other, and just are together removes any mystery as to how they do it.  Yes, they respect their vows, but most importantly, they respect each other.  That combined with their love for each other is what makes this marriage work.

And with that, I wish a Happy Anniversary to you both! 
I know you will have a wonderful celebration!

What greater thing is there for two human souls than to feel that they are joined together to strengthen each other in all labour, to minister to each other in all sorrow, to share with each other in all gladness, to be one with each other in the silent unspoken memories?” 

– George Eliot 

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  1. rage says:

    Happy Anniversary to both as well. My stepparents (imagine that) have been married thirty some years. When I see stats like that it makes me happy because it makes me know that “Yes, I can grow old with someone.”

    That’s my goal with Temper.

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