I am taking a break from my Africa blog to celebrate a very special occasion… Enjoy!
Love at first sight is easy to understand; it's when two people have been looking at each other for a lifetime that it becomes a miracle. – Amy Bloom
In America, some statistics say that 50% or 1/2 of all marriages end up in divorce. One survey I discovered that only 52% made their 15th anniversary and only 5% made their 50th anniversary.
So, for those who are married for 50 and more years are among the 5 percent, an elite crowd indeed.
I don’t know many people who have been married that long…
But, I am now proud to say that my parents are among the 5%.
Congratulations to my parents, Tom and Marty Allen, who were married on April 26, 1960 in Denver, Colorado.
I didn’t expect this occasion to affect me like it has, but what can I say, I am very, very proud of them. It is difficult being in Zambia, trying to talk on an internet phone that keeps cutting out, when I really just want to give them a hug, let my kids lather them in grandchild affection and let them know how thankful I am for their example. But, unfortunately, such is not the case.
Instead, I must resort to using the ‘ole blog to publish to the world how much I appreciate my parents! Now, my parents weren’t perfect. I don’t think you fully appreciate being married and having kids until you are married and have your own kids. It is then that you realized, “Wow, this marriage and having kids thing is hard.” I am just so grateful for all they endured, sacrificed, shared and gave to us. We had a great time growing up, amazing memories of camping, swimming and waterskiing. My mom was an amazing hostess and our house was a revolving party with friends and relatives having a great time at our house. My mom is the ultimate giver. She gives like no one I have ever met. My dad is wise, strong, a visionary and also detailed. Together they formed an impenetrable duo that not only loved each other through thick and thin, but, worked side by side at their own business. They were and continue to be best friends, partners, and lovers. What son can ask for a better example than we had for how to stay committed and in love with your partner than we had? Fifty years later, I can see that there love still grows. As for their children, three sons and their wives. I imagine we brothers would argue about who has the coolest wife. Combined, we three brothers have now been married for 21, 12 and 12 years, respectively for a total of 45 years. Talk about a great start of a legacy… So, thanks Dad and Mom for loving us as you have loved each other. I look forward to being home in December to celebrate with you both and all our family. Until then, cheers and many more years of celebration!
“Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.”