Monday, August 8, 2011

Still Holding Hands


After 31 years, through good times and tears, The Man and I are still holding hands. I’d like to say it’s been a cake walk, but I would be lying. If you’ve read our love story (posted on our anniversary last year), you know our marriage has not been without challenges. We’ve had some flat tires along the way, even a blowout or two, or ten. There’ve been times when we disappointed each other; we are, after all, only human. But here we are, still together, trucking along the highway of life, and the rewards of staying together through thick and thin are immeasurable.

I find it troubling when people walk away from a marriage, just because it seems to be “not working,” without seeking professional help first. Not every marriage can be saved; the damage  is too great. But to never seek help to fix what is broken, before walking away, is as radical as taking a car to the junk yard because it has a flat tire. Actually, it’s much more radical.

It takes two people to make a marriage work, but it takes only one person to shatter the family circle, thanks to the no-fault divorce laws in this country, and if you think your divorce will only affect your family, think again.

So today, on August 8, 2011, The Man and I celebrate staying together, in good times and bad, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, ‘til death do us part.


19 comments:

  1. Congratulations on you anniversary! Have a Very Happy Day!

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  2. Awwwww, Happy Anniversary to you and your "forever love," Dayle. That is wonderful you have stuck it out through thick and thin. same thing here. We are on 37 years together which is utterly amazing to me. Take care and have a great celebration. Susan

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  3. A very happy anniversary to you both!

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  4. Well Happy Anniversary to you both! Hope you are having a fabulous day.

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  5. Oh, Dayle..this was just beautiful. I feel exactly as you do about people giving up way too soon on marriage...just because it didn't turn out the way they "expected", etc.! Congrats on your anniversary!

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  6. Happy Anniversary! Love the hat in that picture. Your words are so true. It takes more commitment than you'll ever imagine, but it's so worth it.

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  7. Dayle,
    I love that you two are still holding hands. Even with professional help our marriage was not salvageable...too much damage done. I wish you and your "Man" all the best in the world and prayers are going up for your safe travel this summer.

    ~Jean

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  8. Happy Anniversary to you and your husband! :)

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  9. Happy anniversary, dear Dayle!!!

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  10. Congratulations! I know exactly what you mean and say AMEN! (This October it will be 39 years for Hubby and Me!)

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  11. Congratulations on a testimony to keeping promises. Tomorrow will be 38 years for us and I've got the purple heart to prove it.
    Deb

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  12. That is awesome. what awesome testimony in day of rampant broken marriages.

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  13. Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs.! I remember your anniversary last year. Really and truly, it does seem like this year has flown by. I stand in agreement with your thoughts on marriage, too. Too often, I've see the individual shatter the family circle.

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  14. I do believe your wedding hat was all the rage in 1980! You were stylin for sure.

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