This past weekend, I attended a 50th anniversary party for my daughter-in-law’s parents; wow, what a feat. Fifty years together is a long time, especially when you think of the world events they have witnessed together as man and wife — man landing on the moon, fall of the Berlin Wall and Soviet bloc nations, so many U.S. presidents, Viet Nam, fondue pots, Elvis Presley’s death, Tang, birth of Medicare, cabbage patch dolls, Japanese imports, the explosion of electronic devices, the Euro, wireless phones, etc. Congratulations!
It made me think of my grandparents, pictured above on their wedding day,who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. (Geez, isn’t this a great picture?!) What I remember most about their 60th celebration was both the best man and maid-of-honor were present, and they too had celebrated their 60th anniversary. Quite a day for the four of them, and think about the changes in the world they witnessed between 1919 and 1979: women’s right to vote, two world wars, prohibition, the roaring 20’s, the Great Depression, penicillin, Hoover Dam, automatic transmission, FDR, credit cards, jet engine, slinky, space travel, etc.
And my folks, they were blessed with over 60 years together. With all of the improvements in modern medicine, not to mention Obama care, I should feel like a slacker if I don’t see my 60th wedding anniversary. Wow, what will this world look like 16 years from now?
Thought for the Day: This time, like all times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it. Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882)