There are certain events in our lives that often leave us for a loss of words. Our emotions are so hyped that we cannot accurately express exactly how we feel. Some such events are priceless moments of happiness like the birth of a child or the marriage of one. Others are quite sad, especially the death of a loved one. I am not very good at expressing myself when these events come around and I am prone to having to deal with a quivering lip or a swelling of tears. Today is just this kind of occasion, fortunately not a mournful one.
50 years ago today I married the one and only true love of my life. We had met almost five years before and from that very day forward we were inseparable. To say the least, Rosemarie and I have faced just about everything—good and bad—that 50 years of commitment have to offer. Fortunately we have been blessed in that we have not faced, ever, a moment of distrust. Not every couple can say that. Trust is a must-have ingredient in a lasting relationship.
It is trust that I have to rely on today to help me communicate to Rosemarie about how much she has meant to me in my life. I must trust her to know my precise feelings because there is no way and no words that I can use to express them. Our relationship is beyond words. We can complete each other’s sentences and usually know what the other is thinking—these are usual traits of a long-lasting marriage.
No relationship is 100% homogenous. That would probably be boring. Diversity has merit and learning how to work it into the marriage is what helps things work better. My mother had a good perspective on this. She openly admitted that she and my father had entered into a mixed marriage…the mix of one man and one woman.
My marriage, while still presenting challenges at this late date—none of them about the relationship itself—will go on til death do us part. I, and I know Rosemarie, know that to be true…just as I know that today we are both at a loss of words to express how we feel about the significance of the benchmark we celebrate. Words are not necessary–we just know. But if anyone looks closely, they may notice my quivering lip.
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