Apr 8, 2012

Happy 50th Anniversary...

I love you - those three words have my life in them....

Nothing in today's world is guaranteed and from the looks of it, unfortunately, neither are marriages.  When we get married it is with the promise of being together forever and ever in good times and bad times.  We all go into it with this in mind never for one instance thinking that it may not work out. 

My parents celebrate 50 years of marriage on April 9th.  Yes, not all the years were rosy for them.  There was a lot of hardship during their early years, but my mom and dad always had each other.  When it got rough like it did many a times they would just sit back and remind themselves of all the good things they had going for them, their dreams and their plans of a better life.

Like many of their generation, my parents were very young when they got married.  Barely kids themselves.  Never having the chances nor opportunities we have today to experience life, to travel, go to college or to do so many things we want to before marriage and before starting a family.

Back then that was how it was.  You got married you had children and you raised a family.  Well they did that and they did much more.  Among other things, mom and dad put five daughters and themselves through college, they paid for 5 daughters' weddings and to this day they are always there for us and for anything we need.  They also have 9 grandchildren whom they adore and who also adore them.

Looking at my parents today I marvel at how strong their relationship is.  The respect and love they have for each other is something I want to experience for years and years and years to come with Arvid.  I know they have lived through some very hard times, they were separated from their daughters for 4 years, a choice they had to make in order to provide us with a better life.  For each and every of those four years I missed them terribly even though I was only 4 years old.  In my heart I knew that no one would ever take the place of my mom and dad and every day of those four years I waited together with my sisters for them to come and take us home with them.

One day finally it happened we were all together again.  One big happy family.  The four years we were apart we lived with my grandmother.  We could not have asked for anyone better to care for us and to love us.  

with Max the eldest grandchild

To my mom and dad, I would like to wish you both a Happy Anniversary.  From your five daughters, their spouses and children you are both loved dearly because you have taught us all what it is to love, respect and to always be truthful to ourselves.  May you have many, many more years together...

May the love you have for each other never die.   

Today as both of you look back with happiness and pride

Upon the Fifty cherished years that you've spent side by side,

May every memory that you share of dreams you've seen come true,

Help make this special Golden day a happy one for you!

  I love you both dearly

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, While loving someone deeply gives you courage....