Today, July twelfth, 2018, would have been my parents’ sixty-sixth wedding anniversary. I decided to search for quotes that spoke to me. I hunted for pictures that encompassed what I think of as snapshots of different periods, moods, attitudes, moments, and passages from this life to the next.
I start with a picture of young people fresh, ready, and excited about what is to come. This scene could have been taken out of my mother and father’s scrapbooks. The dress and suit styles, dirt road, house, fields are all reminiscent of the time and place of their youth. Smiling in bobby socks and saddle oxfords they run headlong into what life has in store for them. They were part of a special group, born during the depression, gathered metal scraps and rationed food through WWII, and lived and died for God and for country. I fear we will never again see their brand of loyalty and morality. Thank You, Lord, that I lived to know and love these very special people.
“I will love you always. When this red hair is white, I will still love you. When the smooth softness of youth is replaced by the delicate softness of age, I will still want to touch your skin. When your face is full of the lines of every smile you have ever smiled, of every surprise I have seen flash through your eyes, when every tear you have ever cried has left its mark upon your face, I will treasure you all the more, because I was there to see it all.” Laurell K. Hamilton, A Lick of Frost
In a time when nothing is more certain than change, the commitment of two people to one another has become difficult and rare. Yet, by its scarcity, the beauty and value of this exchange have only been enhanced. ~Robert Sexton
Deuteronomy 32:7 The Message
Read up on what happened before you were born;
dig into the past, understand your roots.
Ask your parents what it was like before you were born;
ask the old-ones, they’ll tell you a thing or two.
Job 32:7 Easy-to-Read Version
I thought to myself, ‘Older people should speak first.
They have lived many years, so they have learned many things.’
Proverbs 16:31 Easy-to-Read Version
Gray hair is a crown of glory on people who have lived good lives. It is earned by living right.
A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. ~Andre Maurois
Success in marriage does not come merely through finding the right mate, but through being the right mate. ~Barnett R. Brickner
The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree but to hold hands. ~ Alexandra Penney in Self
Sometimes the shortest distance between two points is a winding path walked arm in arm. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com
There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. ~Martin Luther
Age does not make us childish, as some say, it only finds us true children still. Johann Von Goethe
Age does not depend upon years, but upon temperament and health. Some men are born old, and some never grow up. Tryon Edwards
Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. Mark Twain
Life has taught us that love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking outward together in the same direction. ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars, 1939, translated from French by Lewis Galantière
Age should not have its face lifted, but it should rather teach the world to admire wrinkles as the etchings of experience and the firm line of character. Ralph B. Perry
Oftentimes we say goodbye to the person we love without wanting to. Though that doesn’t mean that we’ve stopped loving them or we’ve stopped to care. Sometimes goodbye is a painful way to say I love you. Kezia Dugdale
What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting? ~George Eliot (1819–1880), Adam Bede, 1859
Here is the song, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” sung by Patti Page in 1952, the same year my parents married.