The First Fifty

Calgary-20110825-0002950 years ago today, in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, Meritha and I said: “I do,” “I will,” etc.. And we have.

I find it quite remarkable that I’ve been married to the same woman for 50 years; after all, that’s an entire half  century! Of course, the corollary to that is that Meritha has been married to me for 50 years, which I suspect some people will find far more remarkable.

I often get asked: “How do you stay married so long?” My usual, flippant sounding, but entirely honest answer is: “Don’t get divorced.” They look at me for a moment; the penny drops, and they say: “You’re not joking.”

If I’ve learned anything, (this isn’t currently trendy but I think it’s extremely important), it’s that the husband should remember, every day,  that he is married to a woman. And I think it’s equally important that, every day, the wife remembers that she is married to a man. And yes, I guarantee they’ll be the same gender this morning as they were last night.

I’m grateful every day for our relationship, our children, our grandchildren, our great-grandson, our friends, the many adventures we’ve shared, and even the many setbacks. (And of course, my readers!)

And for the daily realization that we are, each of us, objects of God’s love.

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– to be continued.

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