A 50th Anniversary Party
50 years together is a big event! First, just to make it to that illustrious mark is HUGE. But to do so with genuine love and affection for one another is MONUMENTAL! Last night, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of my aunt and uncle who have managed to reach that hallmark. What an example!
While I have spent many family holidays with Aunt Peggy and Uncle H.D. and our families our quite close, I found myself gaining a whole new perspective as I viewed them through the eyes of their friends, close to 150, who commemorated the occasion with them. The richness and variety of friends who were present was a testament to the life they’ve shared together.
Happy Anniversary Peg & H.D.
My Aunt Peggy is my mother’s only sibling and between my mother and her, they have raised six girls ~ my two cousins, along with my sisters and me. I have always thought it something of a remarkable feat that all six of us are happily married, AND to our first husbands. At 21 years, Brian and I have been married the shortest, while my sister Gayle just marked her 35th earlier this month. The influence of our parents has no doubt played a part.
What difference does an example make?
A happy marriage must be the ultimate practice in “balancing effort & ease!” My own parents celebrated their 55th anniversary this past Valentine’s Day. We have seen not only longevity, but longevity with genuine affection. It wasn’t just an exercise in gritting their teeth and baring it (though sometimes I’m sure that was part of it) but a shared mutual respect that has kept the bond strong.
The McFarland Family: Mother & Daddy (holding hands) and their Girls
Besides a strong marriage, they’ve each cultivated strong family bonds that have fostered strong ties between all of us as well. We are all so very different and yet so connected ~ as sisters, as cousins, as family. It is a touchstone if my life that keeps me grounded.
What difference does an example make? One helluva one to me!