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  1. This is both beautiful and inspiring! I do believe in fate, and I'm sure that is how your father wound up on that road that day over sixty years ago. I love their story! I recently posted on celebrating our 17th anniversary and why we "work". Now I have something to aspire to in hearing your parents' story. Thank you for sharing! Best, Karen

  2. My husband and I have been married a long time. Over the years we thought we had a grip on this marriage thing and sometimes dispensed our wisdom. Now, as I am watching him do his morning stuff and my heart strings still ping, I realize that like your mom, I just got lucky.

    • Laurie Stone

      Beth, As I’ve grown older (and married myself for 36 years), I think there’s both work and luck. If you married young, you’re lucky you still get along in middle age and older. But marriage also takes work and compromise. I’m glad your heart strings still ping. I think that’s lovely.

  3. This is so inspiring! I can’t even begin to image how being married for 60 years feels. However, it seems to me, those from that generation are in it for the long haul. Unlike so many nowadays. My hubs and I just celebrated 12 years over the weekend. We almost spilt a few years back but managed to push through a few more years. I’m like the old generation. I married for life. We’ll see if that stays my path.

    Thank you for sharing and so sorry for your loss.

    B

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much, Bren. I agree that our parent’s generation had a different mind set. They married young and married (most of them) for life. Its very different than younger generations. Happy Anniversary!

    • Laurie Stone

      Debbie, Wow, 44 years! Good for you. When two people marry so young, I believe there is some luck that they’ll still be suited so many decades later. We all change as we grow older. I know couples that have made the long haul and those that didn’t. Congratulations on your wonderful, long marriage.

  4. This is such a beautiful tribute to your parents, Laurie. I relate so much because my parents were married 58 years–my dad was in the hospital suffering from terminal colon cancer, but he still asked my sister and me to get flowers for my mom. Like you, I grew up thinking everyone lived like we did, but got my eyes opened when I went to college! Sometimes I think simplicity is the magic ingredient our parents had that we’ve lost sight of. We complicate matters and demand so much more from our relationships, from ourselves, from our jobs than they seemed to. They had a contentment that seems rare today. Lovely post.

    • Laurie Stone

      Wow, Lee. That’s insightful about simplicity. You should do a blog post on that. I’m not surprised you had a good childhood. Your sweet, easy-going personality seems a testament to that.

  5. What a beautiful post! I’ve been married for over 30 years. As my mother says, “Marriage is like a garden. It needs water and sun. And sometimes you have to pull the weeds.” Lol! She and my dad had a fairytale marriage too.

    • Laurie Stone

      Lori, I think all of us who’s parents had happy marriages were very lucky. It was something totally out of our control, but really can affect your life. So glad you also had a loving home.

  6. This was a beautiful blog…….it is very special to be able to celebrate 60th anniversary. I think that your parents are right….they were very lucky, indeed. David and I will celebrate out 40th anniversary this April. I can’t believe it!

    • Laurie Stone

      Wow, Ellen… 40 years. How wonderful. Randy and I aren’t too far behind, celebrating our 37th this spring. Thanks so much for reading.

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