Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Happy 48th the KareBear and The Admiral
Here to my folks on their 48th wedding anniversary.
Like all great romances, my folks met in a bar in a small town near the Air Force Base where my dad was stationed and in the vicinity of where my mom was born, living and getting her degree. This is their wedding in the church where my mom grew up, up in Negaunee, Michigan.
Over the years, they've really made it work in good times and tough times. That's no small feat, especially when you consider - on paper - how different my parents were when they met. Of course, 48 years together has knocked off some of those edges, and they've figured out the whole compatibility thing pretty well. In fact, since retirement, they're more two peas in a pod than ever before.
Marriage is work, and it's okay if it doesn't work out. Not all projects keep going. But I cannot imagine these two any other way than still arm in arm, making their way together. They've certainly been able to keep themselves a working, cohesive unit.
You're supposed to say that watching them has given you a model for marriage, and that may be true. It's been internalized lessons, and I've done it differently, no doubt. But I think I am aware, more than anything, that the secret for them was likely open and honest communication, and it's something I strive for. And, of course, trying to have fun together.
Love you, Mom and Dad. Here's to you.