Making a life-long commitment to another is not for chickens. The good times can be marvelous. A new job, a raise, a promotion, a new baby, new house- all are reasons to celebrate and its wonderful to have a partner to share it with. But life isn’t always like that we know. Jobs are lost, money can be tight, children come with issues or don’t come at all, a spouse is deployed to a combat zone – there are so many challenges that you can face in a lifetime. I’ve truly found that, for me, having my partner beside me has made the bad times easier to face even if not easier overall. When good things happen, he’s still the first person I want to tell or share it with. We made a commitment and because we both were sure of it, we’ve held strong even when it was the hardest thing to do.
But we’ve been together a little over 30 years. This couple has been together for over 60 years. Life has given them the sweet but also the bitter. They remind me of a quote I once heard. An older man was asked what the secret of his marriage was. He replied, ” I never considered divorce. Not once. Murder a few times but never divorce.” After the photo was taken, they enjoyed a shared laugh. Who wouldn’t be envious for a life led together like that?