I Thought I’d Be Older!
I always thought I’d be a lot older than I am (or at least than I feel!) when we’d be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. But surprise, surprise! We’ve gotten here a lot quicker than I ever could have expected! The coed who caught my eye on the Asbury College campus in the fall of 1966 became my wife on this day in 1969.
We hoped that our life together would be good, but we could never have imagined how good it has been and continues to be! It hasn’t always been easy. We’ve had our challenges, losses or disappointments. But we knew back then that whatever might come our way, we were determined to go through it together.
We knew we were heading into life as a pastor and spouse, but we had no idea where that calling would take us (I’m forever grateful the road led to Florida!), the rich friendships we would make, the vitality of the churches we would serve, and the fun we would have along the way.
We planned to have children, but we had no idea how much we would enjoy them or how much energy it would take to raise two daughters who have become amazing women who brought two very good men and five joy-bringing grandchildren into our family. We’re celebrating with them on St. Simon’s Island this weekend.
Two for the Road
Approaching this mile-marker in our lives, I remembered a song (no surprise there!) that earned Henry Mancini a Golden Globe nomination in 1967.
If you’re feeling fancy free
Come wander through the world with me
And any place we chance to be
Will be a rendezvous
Two for the road
We’ll travel through the years
Collecting precious memories
And living life the way we please
In the summertime the sun will shine
In winter we will drink summer wine
And any day that you are mine
Will be a lovely day
As long as love still wears a smile
I know that we’ll be two for the road
And that’s a long long while.
The love of Christ that drew us together half-a-century ago (Whew!) still wears a smile in our life together and we hope to keep smiling for a long, long while.