Today is a very special day in the lives of my Mom and Dad. Today is their 49th Wedding Anniversary, just one year shy of the coveted Golden Anniversary! Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!
It is hard to imagine that 49 years ago today my parents were off going to the Justice of the Peace, eloping after just a few months of dating. My parents were a blind date — and I guess you could say that the date worked out quite well!
I have so much respect and love for my parents, it is really hard for me to put my feelings for them into words. But you know me, I’m going to try!
As I’ve gotten older and hopefully wiser (although Dad would probably disagree with the wiser part of it) I’ve come to realize that there are so many little things that really contribute to become the man you are (well, not in my sister’s case, cause she isn’t a man…)
In any event, seeing my parents work hard at their marriage, seeing them sacrifice this luxury or that thing they wanted because something else was needed, those little lessons that they taught Robin and I became learning lessons in life for us to teach our kids.
Being married to Cindy for almost 13 years has taught me one valuable lesson: Being married and loving your wife is the easy part; what makes marriage difficult is when outside influences, such as job stress, school issues, the economy, etc, come into play into your relationship. It is those outside influences that play the major roles in making a marriage hard work.
The biggest key that I’ve learned is that it is extremely important to love your wife, and to tell her that, day in and day out. Those sorts of lessons, I learned from my parents by observing their marriage.
So, today, Mom and Dad, I congratulate you, I raise my glass to you, and I celebrate the life that you have had together, and the life that you will continue to have in the years to come.
I thank you for the influence that you have had in making me the man that I am, and I give God thanks for you both every day. Most of all, I love you. Happy Anniversary! May God bless you with many more years of wedded bliss!