So my Grandpa and Grandma Bargman are celebrating 60 years of marriage today! 60 YEARS! It makes me so happy (and a tad emotional) as I reflect on the things they’ve gone through and see their love for one another.
60 years ago they said their vows. Since that day life hasn’t been one happily ever after walk in the park. However, on that day they made a choice – a CHOICE to have and to hold, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness, in health, to love and to cherish their best friend. They’ve gone from having shelter and food to having bought cars, a house, and stuff to fill it. They’ve gone from newlyweds to parents to inlaws to grandparents. They earned my grandfather his doctorate (and yes i said THEY – grandpa will admit he couldn’t have done it without her). They’ve taught and touched all kinds of students (and teachers) thru the years. They lost their daughter. They grieved… and still grieve. They share memories of her with their granddaughter. They’ve been to graduations, showers, weddings, funerals. Grandpa almost ‘went home’ once, but grandma kept praying, and grandpa kept fighting. Once he was healthy enough, Grandma patiently — and anxiously — (re)taught him everything, and he diligently tried to learn– even to love. They travel and see the world together. And while physically they’re slowing down, emotionally and mentally the ties that bind them together continue to grow and strengthen. And at the end of the day, with their best friend by their side… They laugh. They live. They love.
One day, 58.5 years from now, I would consider J and I the luckiest best friends in the world if we can look back on the love, the tears, and the joy and be as happy, in love, and loved as my grandparents are!
Gram and Gramps – Thank you for your love and generosity. You give us so much to look forward to and strive for. I wish I could be there to celebrate this awesome milestone with you. Here’s to many more years together!
WE LOVE YOU. ♥ Pooh Bear (& J)