35 years ago today, my parents woke up on their wedding day. They headed to the temple and got married in a Jewish ceremony much like my own. They didn’t know what was headed their way, but they knew they loved each other.
They’ve gone through a lot in those 35 years. They had a few years of marriage, then I came along. They moved to Virginia, leaving everything they knew in New York. They lost their parents, made new friends, made a new home. My three sisters came along. They’ve changed jobs, hairstyles, and changed as people.
But through it all, they’ve taught me one important thing about marriage: perseverance.
They’ve taught me over the years that marriage requires love, sacrifice, and sticking together. It requires choosing each other over and over again. It requires supporting your spouse unconditionally, even if you don’t always agree with them. If you have children, it requires parenting as a team, and making the best choices possible. Most of all, it requires choosing your spouse, over and over again, no matter what’s going on around you.
So thanks Mom and Dad, for choosing each other. Happy Anniversary – We love you!
(Also, these photos make me happy. My parents’ professional photos were lost, but I’m so glad we have these snapshots. They’re SO 1980 and I love every bit of them. Plus, these show even more just how much I look like my mom!)