Thursday, June 14, 2012

60 Years of Love

On June 14, 1952, my grandparents Mary and Pat pledged to love and honor one another in good times and bad, in sickness and health, all the days of their lives. Today, 60 years later, our family will gather in California for a low-key celebration of their doing just that.

Whereas on that long ago wedding day they stood surrounded by parents, siblings and friends, today, they are instead surrounded by the family their own love has created, including my mom, her brother, me, my sister and our cousins.

Theirs is a love that over the years has celebrated the birth of two children and faced the tragedy of losing another. It is a love that has survived saying goodbye to many while also joyfully welcoming grandchildren into their lives. It is a love that financial hardship and illness could never destroy, and a love that does and will continue to go on, even in the face of my grandmother’s advanced cancer.

Celebrating 56 years of marriage four years ago. 
I love weddings and all that they stand for, but even more, I love seeing couples who can in their golden years say that they have truly lived their vows and, in their own special way, changed the world with their love.

Happy 60th anniversary to two of the most selfless and inspiring people in my life! Nana and Papa, you have given me more than I can ever hope to express, and I will forever love and be grateful for you.

19 comments:

  1. Aww! Happy 60th anniversary to your grandparents!

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  2. Congratulations to your grandparents! I hope you have a wonderful time in California celebrating with them. I attended my aunt and uncle's 50th anniversary awhile back and it was one of the best nights - it truly is amazing to see two people who have stayed in love after so many years.

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  3. That's awesome! Happy anniversary to them!

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  4. Wow, 60 years! That's amazing and something to aspire to. Happy Anniversary to them!

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  5. Ya got me a little teary! How beautiful your grandparents' love is. 60 years! Wow!

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  6. Congrats on 60 years of love! It is a inspiration in today's crazy world to see couples like your grandparents, may God bless their union for many more years to come!!!

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  7. This is just so many kinds of wonderful. My heart can hardly take it, it's just so amazing! Happy Anniversary and a true thank you for showing the world it IS possible to love, and love forever :)

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  8. congratulations to a wonderful couple! wishing them a great celebration and more to come.

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  9. What a blessing...congrats to your grandparents!!

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  10. This is the most beautiful post I have read in a long time.

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  11. This post is so touching and wonderful. They sound like such a beautiful couple, wishing them even more happiness in years to come!

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  12. wonderful!! this is such a beautiful post. happy 60 years to them! the 14th is my parent's anniversary too, 42 years :-)

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  13. Congratulations to your grandparents! I am sure it is a tough celebration and I know they'll cherish the days they still have together.

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  14. This is so beautiful! Congrats to your grandparents! Wow! 60 years, that is amazing! I love true love.

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  15. Truly an inspiration an absolute life time. Congratulations

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  16. how sweet! congratulations to them, so beautiful!

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  17. How sweet! I could cry over this.

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  18. Happy 60th! I wish I could be so lucky!

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