A Half Century of Love
"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots, the other is wings."
-Hodding Carter Jr.
|May 24, 1963|
They are no longer young. Their steps are slower. Dark hair has lightened to gray. The years have carved wrinkles into their fresh faces. This roller-coaster we call life has taken them on a very long, sometimes thrilling, sometimes terrifying, ride. And, through it all, they have clung to each other and their faith--and they have come off victors.
There are 525,949 minutes in a year. More than half a million moments. Moments of happiness, sadness, joy and heartache. Times that by 50- more than 26 million. How do you fill that many pieces of time? In my parent's case, you fill them with love.
The years have brought them seven children, 22 grandchildren, one great-grandchild. There have been countless moves, friends come and gone, the loss of parents, cancer, surgeries, tests, trials, and tears, so very many tears.
I have learned enough lessons from my parents to fill volumes of 'self-help' books. They are an example of endurance and perseverance. They love fiercely and with complete loyalty. I never doubted that they believed in me, in my ability, my intelligence and my potential. They have always been my cheering section, pushing me on to do better and try harder.
Their greatest example is in the way they treat each other. They love being together. Their home is always welcoming, whether you are family, friend, neighbor or stranger. They serve others without thought for themselves. They love the gospel and are pillars of strength and faith.
They've lived much more time together than they ever did apart. Because of this,they have become one- one in purpose and focus.
I love them for the way they raised me. I love them for teaching me what it means to be committed to your spouse. I love them for walking beside me through difficult times, for cheering me in triumphs.
I love them for giving me both- roots and wings.
Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!