And 30 years is the amount of time (tomorrow) that my beautiful parents have been married! 30.FREAKIN.YEARS…Wow! Considering the fact that I will be 30 in November I know firsthand that 30 years is like a lifetime. :)
May 29th, 1984
Mom and Dad,
As you celebrate your 30th anniversary tomorrow just take a minute to reflect on all those years and all of the ways you have taught Kyle and I about building and maintaining a marriage. You two are the absolute perfect example of a strong marriage. You fight for each other, you love each other, you provide for each other and after all this time you are STILL each other’s best friend.
Throughout my life, I have never doubted your love for us or your love for each other. Kyle and I were the luckiest children to be able to call you our parents. As I watched the marriages of my friend’s parents fail throughout my childhood, and as an adult I’ve watched my friend’s marriages fail, I’ve always seen and appreciated the strength of your love for each other and your love for your family!
Sure, there may have been some rough patches along the way. What marriage doesn’t have its issues? The thing with you two is that you have ALWAYS stuck together through thick and thin and I have always admired that about the two of you.
To this day it brings a smile to my face anytime I see dad smack your butt, Mom! It’s hilarious and cute and it truly shows his affection for you. It makes me smile to watch when you reach for each other’s hand in the car or at a restaurant or when you guys stop and take a minute to slow dance together during our family parties. It’s really special to watch the connection that still shines between the two of you!
Without even realizing it your marriage taught me how to choose the right partner. While there are a ton of differences between you two, Dad, I also see so much of you in Kevin. The way you love mom has shown me the way my husband should love me, and he does. But it is more than that. It is choosing a partner that will go with you on long walks, welcome your hobbies & interests as their own, read or relax in silence together, divulge their innermost worries and fears, never stop asking you questions, inspire you to be a better person, and want nothing more in life than to simply share all the experiences with you, side by side, forever. There is such beauty in the everydayness of a great marriage: waking up to the person that you not only fell head over heels in love with, but the person that if everything was lost and you just had each other THAT would be more than enough. You guys taught me that. You taught me how to love and how to be loved in return.
Not only that, but I truly value the friendship we have with you guys! Very few are able to say that their parents are also their best friends but in our case it is absolutely true. We have such a strong bond with you two and we all have a blast when we are together and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Thank you for showing me that humor is a necessity in marriage. Never to laugh at one another, but with each other. And to never take things too seriously.
And thank you for showing me that loyalty and companionship are the hallmarks of a successful marriage, and how important it is to always be on each other's side, even during the rough patches. Marriage is team work.
You two mean the world to me and I look forward to watching you keep the love alive for at least another 30 years! :)
I love you both dearly! Happy 30th Anniversary!