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Two Score and Five Days Ago

February 25, 2011 Family 5 Comments

My parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday. There was some concern that they wouldn’t make it when Mom agreed to join Dad on a road trip from Iowa to California and back earlier this month, often taking the roads less traveled. Road trips aren’t her thing to begin with, and riding shotgun in a pickup for two weeks was almost enough to set her over the edge…

But she took my mantra to heart: “I can do anything as long as there are booze and snacks” and made it! And they have made 40 years of marriage look easy, at least from where I’m sitting.

I always knew I wanted to be a married person. But now that I am, I can appreciate why some people (including my own husband) hesitate. This can be hard work! My parents’ example has certainly provided me with lessons on the right way and the wrong way to do a lot of things related to being married:

  1. The “silent treatment” doesn’t work when your husband wishes you would quit talking anyway.
  2. A home-cooked meal is an easy way to bring people together.
  3. The sure-fire way to get out of doing chores you hate is to do them in a way that irritates your spouse. Like unloading the dishwasher and putting things in the wrong place. Or putting all of your delicates in the dryer on high heat.
  4. Never stop dating. A night on the town is so much fun!
  5. A well-placed “I told you so” works wonders in prolonging an argument.
  6. Compliment your wife, even if it’s her ass that makes her look fat and not those pants.
  7. Blame farts on the dog/cat/kids. A little mystery goes a long way when it comes to bodily functions.
  8. Never stop kissing. It is NOT just a means to the end.
  9. There will be bad days. There will be bad months. Find one good thing every day and focus on it.
  10. Growing old together is better than the alternative.

Happy Anniversary!

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  1. Megan says:

    Holy cow, I never realized how much you look like your dad!!!! Congrats to you parents!

  2. Mom says:

    Thanks, Molly!! A nice tribute to us. A journey that has lasted both a lifetime and a moment.

  3. Sue says:

    Awesome, Molly. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Matty says:

    Molly thank you for sharing this with us. It is a rare o curance but you moved me to tears. The photos really bring it to life.

  5. Mendy says:

    Love it!!!!!!!! Makes me proud to come from the land of make believe!!!!

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