It is an awesome thing to reminisce about a beautiful love story that began a little over fifty years ago. Many friends and family traveled from all over to make it to their anniversary party to share memories with my Mom and Dad. It was an astounding display of love and affection.
There are some important things I’d like to say. Most importantly, congratulations Mom and Dad. Fifty years of doing anything is a long time, and fifty years of happy married life is really quite remarkable.
There are some who can remember looking back to when Mom and Dad began their relationship. They were fortunate to have had the opportunity to see them as they were in the beginning . . . as they anticipated the days ahead of them, wondering what they would find in each other. This anniversary especially, is the perfect time to slowly leaf through those memories they have made together. They are the moments that brought them to where they are today, still anticipating, still writing the pages that they will remember tomorrow.
There’s an old saying “Tell me whom you love and I will tell you who you are.” Mom, because of your grace, beauty and intelligence it’s not hard to see why Dad fell in love with you. And Dad there is something captivating about your obvious affection for Mom. Your patience and kindness is something that has kept us all grounded.
Amidst all the complexities of life, love and family, there is an endearing lesson to be learned from the simplicity of your love for each other. The world has changed in so many ways since your wedding and yet, people are still choosing to get married. And I believe one reason is because they have seen people like you two demonstrate how well it can work.
And, it’s no wonder that our family’s love continues to grow. Because of a lifetime of encouragement and support from both of you, I am here today as the man you have helped me become. I am so very proud to be your son. So proud to be a result of your union…a reflection of your love for each other.
Love that is true never grows old.