In my life, March is the month of marriages. Alan and I will celebrate 26 years of wedded bliss (okay, it wasn't all bliss, but I have not separated how many years were blissful and how many were not and overall they are all good;-), but that is just a drop in the bucket compared to our parents. On March 13th, my mother and father-in-law will celebrate 46 years and on March 16th my Mom and Dad will celebrate 48 years of marriage!! Wow, that is almost half of a century.
It is hard to describe what a gift it has been to watch these two marriages. We have watched our parents raise their kids, love their grandkids and love each other. We have also watched our parents be caretakers of their spouses. Alan's Mom has many health problems and I am not sure my father-in-law ever WALKS to get her what she needs. He RUNS. Every time. Well, it seems like every time to me. I am constantly amazed by his utter devotion and dedication to his wife. I watched my Mom sit by my Dad's intensive care bedside during their 40th wedding anniversary and saw her cry and wonder if my Dad would live to see another anniversary. My Dad suffered a traumatic brain injury and their lives have never been the same since then, but my mom's devotion to my Dad has never wavered. She has gotten tired, she has been discouraged, but she has loved him like no other. (Frankly, he is quite spoiled;-)
I know this is not something everyone is blessed with. I know that having two sets of parents that have stuck it out through better and worse is not the normal anymore. I sure am thankful. Happy Marriage Month!!