Tribute to a Marriage

Fifty-two years ago today, a tall, thin young man and his petite young bride pledged their lives to one another.

Just a few years earlier, in one of their high school classes, he’d approached her desk and flipped her notebook closed to get her attention so he could ask her to the prom.  She said yes, and they had their first date.

Yesterday, that tall, thin man–no longer young, but still in love–passed away.  This morning, on their 52nd anniversary, the petite bride woke up alone.

My mother-in-law and father-in-law–like my own parents–meant it when they said their vows.  They kept those vows through hardship and victory, babies and teenagers, the deaths of their own parents and the births of their grandchildren.

Through their commitment, they have taught their son, my husband, how to love and how to stay and how to keep his promises.  I owe them both more than I know how to express, and much more than I could ever pay.

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6 thoughts on “Tribute to a Marriage

  1. Thank you for valuing so well the life of your husband’s father!

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    Fidelity
    by D.H. Lawrence

    And man and woman are like the earth, that brings forth flowers
    in summer, and love, but underneath is rock.
    Older than flowers, older than ferns, older than foraminiferae,
    older than plasm altogether is the soul underneath.
    And when, throughout all the wild chaos of love
    slowly a gem forms, in the ancient, once-more-molten rocks
    of two human hearts, two ancient rocks,
    a man’s heart and a woman’s,
    that is the crystal of peace, the slow hard jewel of trust,
    the sapphire of fidelity.
    The gem of mutual peace emerging from the wild chaos of love.

  2. My apologies – I somehow skipped this paragraph in my first reading:

    Yesterday, that tall, thin man–no longer young, but still in love–passed away. This morning, on their 52nd anniversary, the petite bride woke up alone.

    My prayers are with you and your husband today as well as your mother-in-law.

  3. Wow, Mandy…I felt a punch in the gut to envision your precious mother-in-law’s grief. Please, please pass along our prayers and deep sorrow for her in this sadly ironic time.

    Thank you for sharing and for making us aware of those “still standing”.

    Much divine empathy and comfort in the Lord to you and your husband as well.

  4. Pingback: Saying Goodbye « for better, for worse, for life

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