Going The Distance

This morning as I was sitting in my big, comfy chair looking out the window at all the fresh snow that had fallen last night sipping my tea, I was reading the inspirational message that's attached to the tea bags I use (Yogi teas if you want to know, I love them!). The message said "Love is an infinite power" which is apropos of this post today because I want to talk about the party I went to yesterday to celebrate my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary. FIFTY years is an accomplishment you guys, a BIG one! The party was a surprise and in attendance were friends and family dating all the way back to when they were kids. It was heartwarming to see so many people brave the crappy weather to be there for my aunt and uncle. To celebrate this milestone with them.

It got me thinking on the way home, often times we hear that the first year of marriage is hard, but you know what? It's not. During toasts last night, my aunt got up to say thank you and in her message she said "all you really need is love to get you through". She and my uncle have not had their share of easy times, that's for sure, but at the end of the day, 50 years later, they sat together at their party and clearly still love each other completely. It's inspiring and it's not something you see very often these days. Their kids mentioned staying the course and never wavering throughout their marriage no matter what the circumstance. THAT my friends, is hard.

Hard is working for something you believe in so passionately you're willing to lose everything just to keep it. Hard is experiencing the highest highs and the lowest lows with the same person. Hard is going through loss. Hard is bring home kids and adjusting to a new lifestyle. Hard is watching those very same kids who consume your world for 18 brief years move on and create lives of their own. Hard is fighting so intensely and forgiving so completely. Hard is watching the one person who has had your back for so many years suffer. All that stuff is hard. But observing my aunt and uncle and all the others in that room last night who are not that far away from the same milestone, I'm reassured that it's all possible. I'm so proud to know these people and to be part of such a crazy, fun, loose- screwed, happy family. I'm so proud to have such amazing role models who have withstood the test of time and beat the odds, who have raised wonderful, loving families and never lost sight of what really matters...LOVE.

Happy 50th Anniversary to my Aunt Barbara and Uncle Vito...I wish for you 50 more!!