On Saturday evening, September the eighth, nineteen -seventy nine, in a small ceremony at their home in Far Hills, New Jersey, they began their life together as husband and wife.
This photo hangs in my hallway, where I see it every day. I love this photo. My parents have been married 36 years today.
For those who know me well you know how close I am to both of my parents. We begin each day with a “good morning!” group text message. From there follow at least a half dozen pictures of my kids- my folks are “enchanted” by each one.
For those who know Jeff and Margie well, you know how awesome they are and what a gift it is to celebrate 36 years of marriage with them. My childhood friends say I have the “coolest” parents, and my husband loves how he can truly be himself around his in-laws. My kids love the genuine loving attention they give to each of them.
At this stage of my life I have a deep respect for the love and laughter that it takes to make a marriage work. I’ve learned from them that honesty, patience, humor, humility, tenderness, empathy, and respect are just some of the qualities it takes to raise a family with another person. My folks taught me this.
Today I’m thankful for Marnie and Jeff Jeff, as my kids affectionately call them. I’m thankful that at the age of 34 I still have both my parents, and that they live nearby. And that they make time for me and my family a top priority. I’m thankful that they are each other’s best friend. I’m thankful that they are my friends. I’m thankful that their paths crossed and that they chose one another as life partners.
Lastly, I’m thankful that they can laugh at themselves, and at each other’s jokes… As my dad would say, and I’m sure has said at least a few times today “I’ve been in love with the same woman for 36 years, and if Margie ever finds out, I’m in big trouble ”
Cheers Mom and Dad. I love you more than words can say and arms can show.