Celebrating 50 Years!

No, not me. (Not yet.)

This month is my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary. That’s a long time to spend with the same person. Given that the expected lifespan in America is not yet 100 years, that is more than half of your life. My parents have spent almost twice as much time married as single.

It takes a lot of commitment and a bit of luck to last 50 years. I think we will see fewer 50 and 60 year marriages now, because so many of us are marrying later. I married at 14 years older than my mother did. I would be 86 when my marriage hits 50 years.

I wanted to give a shout out to my parents for the wonderful example they have set for me and my brother. They weren’t TV-family perfect, they had their moments of disagreement, but always there was respect and love—and laughter, too..

Here’s to many more happy years for them!


  1. Carolee Pastorius says

    Oh, indeed, they have been a source of great inspiration for me! We are at 49 and I know how hard it is.
    I love them both very much and they are wonderful parents and grandparents.

    • Kerry Gans says

      49 is great, too! Next year you will have to have a huge party. 🙂 Or just do what my parents did and sneak off for a quiet weekend together.

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