This is one of the best days of my life.  My parents round out the family legacy as they celebrate 50 years of marriage today.

I feel so blessed that my wife and I can both look up the family tree and find 50’s on every branch.  Between the two of us, four sets of grandparents, and now both sets of parents have hit the big    5-0.

I was talking to my Dad one day last week and telling him how proud I was of him and my Mom.  He told me that they had had some good days over those 50 years and some other days that probably could have been a little better.

He then told me that they were doing better than ever now.  I asked him his secret to the recent success, and he told me he had learned to stay out of the way and just go along for the ride.

Don’t be fooled.  Being in the passenger seat with my Mom behind the wheel has been a pretty sweet deal for him.

The writer of Proverbs penned these words: “An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels.” The answer to the question is, my Dad could, and he did.  The writer must have had my Mom in mind.

“Some good days and some days that could have been a little better.”   That’s understandable when you are looking back over 5 decades.

In a day and age when no one goes the distance anymore, you would do well to copy my parents.  They have stayed the course and given us something to target.

They are by no means perfect any more than any of the rest of us.  However, they have persevered better than anyone I know.

I have a friend who always says, “Showing up is half the battle.” If that is true, my parents have won the war . . . without killing each other!

Well done Mom and Dad.  I could not be more proud of you both.  It is an honor to be your son.

Happy Anniversary!



Who do you know that has modeled perseverance?