I have been surprised to discover how many amazing people God has put in my life over the years. I feel like in the past few months he has been pointing out to me the things of real value. This weekend I went to a 50th Anniversary party for one of my best friend’s parents. I have known Lenny and Cindy since I was eleven years old so I’ve actually been around for a good part of their marriage.
I watched them throughout the day laugh with their friends and joke about how long it had been. Lenny insisted it had been 49 years, 11 months and 29 days too long. A weekend he could have done but 50 years? We all knew better. They love each other.
I remember over the years and seeing them get through the good and the bad. They always turned to laughter to get them through. Even if they were arguing they would end up laughing. I seem to remember Cindy and a banana flying through the air at one point and a lot of bathroom humor. There was also a lot of not taking their problems too seriously. Life took care of that all on its own.
Looking back, what an example they were to me of how to make a marriage last. 50 years is not common. It’s almost unheard of. It is nice to know it can be done. When people say; “Nobody stays married anymore.” I know now that a lot of times it’s just an excuse to not try, not work it out, to take the easy road. Marriage is work. It’s hard and sometimes it seems like it would be easier to do it alone. But that is just the lie of a generation. If it doesn’t work for you get rid of it. Throw it away. Do what’s right for you.
Spending your life with someone can be difficult but you know what? Lenny and Cindy did it and they are still happy 50 years later.
That’s what I want. I want to be married to Kevin for 50 years. I want to look back at all the good times and bad and know we did it. What a blessing to spend your life with your best friend.
Lenny and Cindy, you amaze me. Here is to the next 50!