Thursday, June 02, 2011

June 2, 1951 ~ June 2, 2011

It started with a simple ring, many years ago,
And now you have a treasure chest that’s begun to overflow.
For 25 years of married bliss, much silver did you store,
And then you reached your 40th, with ruby stones galore!
You travelled through life to 50 years of happy wedded bliss
Your treasure grew with golden gifts, to toast your happiness
And now you’ve reached that special day, that’s only seen by few
60 years together, now its diamonds for both of you.
But the treasure that you value most isn’t jewels, silver or gold
But the love you have for each other, that has never grown old!
~ Unknown

June 2, 1951... the beginning.

"The bonds of matrimony are like any other bonds - they mature slowly." ~ Peter De Vries
Sixty years of marriage together... the Diamond Anniversary! Today my parents (Stephen's parents too, although I have been known to question this in the past.) have been married for sixty years. Ten years ago, we threw them a huge party and 225 of their friends attended to show their love and appreciation for their work and their lives through the years. This milestone is celebrated more quietly.

June 2, 2011... 60 years and going strong.

"Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years." ~ Simone Signoret
I was going to put their picture in the paper but six weeks ago, Mom fell on her face... literally. She was bruised from her hairline down her whole left face, chin and neck. Stitches on her chin and lip and the dense hematoma were bad enough, but she also broke her right jaw. Fortunately, no wiring was involved and the bruising is much, much, much better. Still, their picture in the paper might suggest something different than a long-time loving marriage. So I took these to have for their memories. Others remembered as well. The mailman was busy the past few days and bombarded us with cards, especially today. Phone calls have come from around the country and a fruit basket from the General Church of the Nazarene. (Dad was a pastor for many, many years.)

Diamond Anniversary... OK, where's the diamond?

"One of the good things that come of a true marriage is, that there is one face on which changes come without your seeing them; or rather there is one face which you can still see the same, through all the shadows which years have gathered upon it." ~ George MacDonald
Usually they go out alone together for their anniversary dinner, but this year Dad didn't feel up to driving and I went along to chauffeur. Mom ate all the seafood she isn't supposed to as well as bread, potatoes and she-crab soup; but it is such a special and rare anniversary that few people get to celebrate these days. Why not.

Still up for a kiss...after all these years. Posted by Picasa

"Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be, The last of life, for which the first was made: Our times are in his hands Who sayeth 'a whole I planned, Youth shows but half; Trust God; see all nor be afraid." ~ Robert Browning
These two show that while the hearing goes and often time neither knows who is saying what to whom, love goes on and just being two together forever is more than enough.... a well-aged marriage.

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Carmi's Theme ~ "well aged", as in a well-aged marriage


Ginny Hartzler said...

Oh, how wonderful and sweet! What a dear and dedicated couple! And you did an excellent job with the pictures! I love the George McDonald quote. Please tell them happy, happy anniversary for me! I love the wedding picture, and what a cake!

Carmi Levy said...

Seeing your parents through the lens of their daughter helps me understand even more how you became who you are today. What a wonderful tribute to two clearly special people. I wish them many more years of togetherness - and, selfishly, more peeks into their journey courtesy of you.

This inspires me to continue to lay down similarly long, and long-lived, roots in my own marriage and family. Come to think of it, you're always inspiring me to be better.

Beverly Whitcomb said...

What a wonderful post for Carmi's theme.  Sixty years is a long time, isn't it.  Please extend my congratulations to them.

Sandra Hangey said...

so sorry about the fall, this is a wonderful and touching and sweet story. love the KISS

Gillian Peall said...

That's just lovely!   I wish them many more happy years together!   (And I hope your Mum's face mends quickly!)

Patricia Hunter said...

Oh, what a lovely post. Precious. Just precious. Thank you for sharing your beautiful parents with us, and please tell them that congratulations and well-wishes have been sent their way from Pollywog Creek.

The photos of your mom with the bruise around her eye brought me to tears. I have nearly identical photos of my own mother after one of her falls. = (  

(Louis said he thinks he bought the square birdbath at Lowe's. It was either Lowe's or Tractor Supply.) 

Love and blessings,

Kenju said...

What absolutely lovely photos!! I applaud them for making it 60 years and I hope I can join them in saying that (in 2024!) So sorry about your mom's accident and thankful it wasn't worse.

P.S.  I didn't mean to make you blush! I didn't have anything else to

Isolated Existence said...

Beautiful! May they get to enjoy many more years together :-)

Alexia said...

So wonderful - a very special post. Thank you.

Ramblingwoods said...

Oh my gosh..this is the sweetest wonderful to still be in love after all those years.. A very Happy Anniversary to your parents...Michelle

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

A Very Very Happy Anniversary to your dear parents!  That is a TRUE Accomplishment, in every way.  And the love goes on and on and on......Really Really Sweet, my dear.  LOVE the pictures.

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