This may sound bizarre, but I love knowing my parent’s (or perhaps one of) song! Admittedly, I have old school tendencies and love music from my parent’s era – it’s the music I grew up hearing and singing along. There is magic to it. Granted I am so blessed to have folks still together and hope this diatribe isn’t hurtful to friends, but I can honestly say I know love can last.
My parents and I are close – closer than normal at times I imagine. But I cherish our friendship. While I am fully aware that I don’t know all the details (don’t want to) of their 45+ years together, I know they are still there and love each other very much. An amazing fete in the world as we know it! Inspiring and assuring to me but an attainable thing, set in reality. I have seen that marriage is hard, that feelings get hurt, that marriage is work – among a lot of other things. But even when they are frustrated and find each other trying (or flat out difficult), I also see them recognize their friendship, commitment and life that they have built together.
|Mackey & Minnie|
Surely it is work to get where they are now and not always smooth sailing, but what a lovely place they are today. I have such admiration and respect of what I perceive to be a result of stepping back and saying, okay – ultimately we love each other, are best friends, and are in this life journey together so let’s focus on the good.
|YAY Mackey & Joyce!|
“I know, I’ll never love this way again, so I keep holding on, before the good is gone. I know I’ll never love this way again, hold on, hold on, hold on.”