Monday, June 28, 2010

Love and marriage go together like ...

Sixty years is a long, long time.

Come August, that's how long my parents will have been married.

Due to the difficulties of getting 22 people in the same place at the same time, we celebrated this month, instead of two months from now.

A four-day weekend with my parents, my two brothers, my sister, everyone's spouses and all 10 grandchildren, plus my oldest sons' significant others.

To be completely upfront about this, it was all my parents' doing. They planned it ... and paid for it. A beautiful holiday at a mountain spa. Lounging by the pool. Massages. Cocktails. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It was like being in paradise.

At the heart of it were my parents. Two people who have known each other since the eighth grade.

Who married at the age of 20.

Who raised four children.

Who have been together for richer and for poorer ... in sickness and in health.

And who, after 60 years of sharing a life together, still look at each other with a fire that burns bright.

My parents and I have had our difficulties over the years.

But at the heart of it, they are role models for the ages.

And when all was said and done, Wonderhubby looked at me at the final celebration dinner Saturday night and grinned.

"I hope we can make 60 years," he said.

I grinned back, knowing that we have 53 more to go before we hit that milestone. "Sure, and we'll be saying 'I love you ... uh ... what's your name again??' "

He laughed.

But I hope we make it.

Crossposted at Mid-Century Modern Moms

11 comments:

Tara R. said...

I hope you two make it too. Congrats to your parents, what a wonderful way to celebrate their anniversary.

Karen said...

It would be like 50 First Dates, after you and whats-his-name were married for 60 years.

Jenni said...

I just love these kind of stories. Danny's grandparents made it to 55, I think, before his grandfather died. If he would have lived, I think they could have made it to 75 since they got married when they were 15 and 17. A love story like that is truly an inspiration and lesson for the younger generations. Happy early anniversary to your folks.

The Duchess of Wessex said...

My money is on the two of you to make it! My husband and I married when I was 19, (I knew him only 2 days) and this December we celebrate 25 years together.

Congratulations to your parents and here's to 53 more years with your Wonderful husband!

J2

Suzanne said...

I hope you make it, too. Whatshisname and Whatshername will be hard to fit on the cake, though!

Sounds like everything was very nice!

Rebecca West said...

That comment on the previous post should have had my e-mail address: westrj@gmail.com

MJ said...

Congratulations to your parents!!! It's definitely an inspiration! My grandparents are the same, been married 58 years and still completely in love!

LceeL said...

I hope you make it, too. That will give me 53 years to figure out a meetup between you, me and Wonderhubby.

Given my ever more frequent "Senior citizen Moments" - it may take that long.

Kaytabug said...

Awww! Congrats to your parents and I hope you make it too!!! xoxxoxoxoxo

Roger said...

Congratulations to your parents! 60 years together is simply beautiful and remarkable. The fact that they still have they 'spark' when they look at each other is awesome! Only 42 more for me and mine to reach that milestone.

Pamela said...

my husbands pops & gram were married just over 70 years when he died.

Gram ordered "their" headstone and it only says "Raleigh and Jenny, married 70 years"

 
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