Thursday, August 17, 2017
In two weeks my husband and I will be celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary. We got married on his first 3-day pass from basic training, because it was during the VietNamese war. Ours was a small wedding at the local church, with a reception at my mother's New York City home, followed by a two-day 'honeymoon' in Washington D.C. A few months later, my husband was assigned to a tech position at Fort Myer, Virginia, and we were fortunate to live in that area for the next two years until he completed his tour of duty with the army.
For our anniversary celebration we will have a brief ceremony at the same church, followed by a luncheon reception at a local restaurant. Just as it was for our wedding, we will have only family attending. Unlike the wedding, where the family was the older generation, our parents and grandparents, the 50th anniversary will have the younger generation-- our children and grandchildren, and our siblings and their offspring.
I am happy to say that my 92 -year-old mother will be joining us.
What does any of this have to do with Spark People?
Our church ceremony is being shaped by something I learned right here from my SP friends.
Instead of renewing our vows, my husband and I will be telling each other all that we are grateful for in our marriage.
The exercise of putting together a list of my husband's characteristics and behaviors that I am grateful for has made me feel even more appreciative and loving toward him than usual.
I highly recommend this as a worthwhile activity among any married couple -- whether it's an anniversary or not.