A Golden Anniversary

Posted: April 23, 2012 in Celebrations, Family, Life, Love, Relationships
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Yesterday my grandparents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, which is quite the accomplishment. I read somewhere that of all the married couples in the world, only about 5% of them even make it to 50 years. Obviously sometimes one of them passes away before the milestone is reached, but in the world we live in now—where over 50% of marriages end in divorce, 50th wedding anniversaries are becoming less and less common.

They were married in 1962 when a gallon of gas was a quarter and you could buy a new home for $15,000. Grandma was 19, grandpa was 20 and his mom basically had to sign a permission slip stating it was okay for them to be married. Grandpa’s first job was at a dairy where he brought home $50 a week.  Grandma’s first job was at a newspaper and together they built this life that 50 years later everyone is overjoyed to be a part of.

They have three amazing sons, and raised them in such a way that their sons’ families are now filled with the same love and respect that was bestowed upon them growing up. Those sons  have in turn raised their own families—giving grandma and grandpa 11 grandchildren. It’s now to the point where those grandchildren are having children of their own and have blessed grandma and grandpa with three great-grandchildren, with a fourth one on the way.

I can’t imagine what it must be like to be grandma and grandpa. To sit at the party we had for them last night and know that half of the room is there because you created them. To have watched your children grow into such fine men, and watch them raise their children in a way that mimics the way you raised them—I can’t imagine that there is a more proud moment in a person’s life than seeing your own children raise THEIR children to be loving, caring, honest, God-fearing adults.

One time I asked grandma and grandpa separately what it takes to make it work. Grandma’s response was lots and lots of patience. Grandpa’s was to always remember to laugh—and if you knew what a jokester grandpa is—both of their responses make complete and total sense. I suspect that it also takes a whole lot of hard work, a whole lot of love, a whole lot of communication, and a whole lot of truth also.

I don’t know if I’ll make it to a 50th wedding anniversary or not, and I don’t say that because I don’t intend to make my marriage work—I simply say that because any one of us can leave this world in the blink of an eye. I do know this though. I have one heck of an example of how to get there in my grandparents—and if I can be even half as successful as they’ve been in their marriage and in the raising of their kids—then my life should end up being a pretty damn good one.

  1. wmarsau says:

    Great blog. It was an amazing event to be a part of. You could feel the love in the room.

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