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Many Happy Returns Of The Day

Today is my parents’ anniversary. They’ve been married for 52 years, and they still really enjoy each other’s company. This is a video that I meant to share on my blog shortly after they celebrated their 50th anniversary. Unfortunately, I never had a chance to make it live. Better late than never, right? Please join me today in wishing my parents continued joy, love and acceptance. Whatever they’re doing, it’s working.

24 thoughts on “Many Happy Returns Of The Day

  1. Oh my gosh, this is the sweetest thing ever!!! I found myself with tears streaming down as I watched the video. What an adorable couple they are, Renee. You can see the love for each other in all the pictures and in the interview. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Thanks for continuing to read my posts, intermittent as they are. You are a wonderful friend, Maria. I’m glad you enjoyed the video. Makes me feel good.

  2. Aw, that was sweet! Happy anniversary to them!

  3. So good to see a post from you, Renee. Congrats to your parents – and to you for getting back to blogging.

    1. Hi David. I’m not sure you can say Im back to blogging. I’m writing intermittently, that’s improvement over not writing at all though. I hope you’re feeling well.

      1. Yes, I’m feeling great since the cardioversion Monday morning. And intermittently beats never.

    1. Thanks for watching! Makes me feel good.

  4. Good for them! Here’s hoping they celebrate many more anniversaries.

    And here’s a big HUG for Renee 🙂

    1. Hi Wayne. They’re going strong, that’s for sure. I’ll pass along your well-wishes. I hope you’re well.

      1. Let’s just say it has not been a fun summer. But hey, maybe tomorrow will be better!

        Biker’s Reunion is this weekend. Too bad my bike needs repairs.

  5. Thanks for sharing your beautiful tribute to your parents with us, Renée. SO good to see you on the blog! <3

    1. Hi Patricia. I’m limping back to life. I haven’t been the best company lately, but I think I’m starting to come out of it. I’ve been very undisciplined when it comes to my writing. Time to sit down and bang out another entry – eventually. I hope you’re well.

  6. All of my four grandparents were married over 50-years as well, my maternal grandparents I believe made it past 60! I also know MANY other grandparents/great-grandparents that have made it past 50. I know many (several?) couples my parent’s age that have made it past 30 & 40! In all cases, and those I’ve had the honor of getting to know well, compromise and “not sweating the little trivial things” were the TWO primary components of long, LONG lasting unions. How they have both done that with their spouse is often a most comical story I always love listening to! 😛

    But my generation — and perhaps my children’s generation too — are in and have gone through an almost ‘foreign’ or alien, totally different Era than our previous 2-4 generations went through. For example, the Great Depression, World War II, post WW2 economic booms, all of which were MASSIVE challenges to individual & familial well-being! We have not gone through such life-threatening(?) events; I know I have not. So it greatly behooved those previous 2-4 generations to STICK IT OUT NO MATTER WHAT! Duh? “Strength in numbers,” as a team, holds so very true through such hard hard times! It puts things, life into hardcore perspective, doesn’t it!? 😮

    I’m not sure it is that way with today’s generations, at least in luxurious America. I greatly envy couples who stick it out, not sweating the little things. Many many bravos to them Renee! They should be very proud of themselves and never let each other’s hands go. <3

    1. Two sets of grandparents married over 50 years? That’s really incredible these days. I admire couples who make it these days, and I’m more than a little sad that I couldn’t be one of them. As for my parents, they are still very in love and they don’t any signs of getting tired of each other. I’ll pass along your well-wishes.

  7. Oh my gosh, you are an amazing daughter! Not that I’m even remotely surprised, since you’re an amazing human. 🙂 It was so nice to actually hear your voice. I don’t know if I’ve ever heard you before! And your parents are adorable. The whole video was breathtaking and I am feeling so many emotions right now.

    Huge, huge hugs to you. <3 xo

    1. Hi Rivki: I don’t know if I’m such a great daughter, but this was sure a lot of fun to make for them.

  8. Wow! Incredible! And great to “see you”

  9. Mazal tov to Phil and Joan on their 50th wedding anniversary! We hope that their “hands were itching” today, as they were talked about at lunch here in So.California…I, Judie Cynkus Rice, was with Bobbi Hurwitz Harwood and Rosanne Saslow Stein for our just-about-yearly meeting, replete with photos of our daze in AZA/BBG and Iota Phi etc… Names were passed around, and I told my friends how delighted I was when Phil came up to me after services at Temple Adath two weeks ago, to say hi, and did I remember him. Tears came to my eyes…he is still kind and sweet today as when we were kids at Nottingham and The Center,etc.. What a wonderful video of life that you’ve put together for your family for ages to come…how special it all is. Again, congratulations…to the entire family. Judie C.Rice

    1. Hi Judie. Thank you for the kind words and well-wishes for my parents. It’s amazing: they are both still head over heels for each other, which is wonderful to see. I’ll relay your message to them. Hope you are having a good summer.

  10. That is the cutest video ever! What an adorable couple, still smitten with one another even after 50 years. Thank you for sharing, Renee. Hope all is well in Coddington Grove!

  11. what a lovely tribute – glad you were able to celebrate and post the tribute – 50 or 52 years is a testament to love. hope you are enjoying a wonderful 4th of July.

  12. That was so sweet! They look so happy together.

  13. yoove gawt mee thinkin (which is more&more a rarity). “we” are coming up on 45! i’d buy something blingy to make her happy but i suspect that she’ll be somewhat semi-elated if i pay to upgrade/fix-up her truck ! ( $$$$$)

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