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Fifty years is ... Remarks on a golden wedding anniversary.

Fifty years ago, things were different. Much different.

* People danced with Gene Kelly as he sang "Singing in the Rain" and asked with Patti Page "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?."

* When a kid went to the principal's office, it was the k/d who was in trouble.

* Beetles were still bugs, not rock stars.

* The Brooklyn Dodgers were kings of the National League.

* The word "astronaut" was not in the dictionary.

* A new family car could cost as much as $2,700.

Gasoline was a whopping 26 cents a gallon.

* Dwight Eisenhower was president of the United States.

Fifty years ago, a young man and woman entered into the holy state of matrimony with much more of a solid understanding that this was a union that would last.

Not every marriage was perfect. But those who were willing to endure the consequences of arguments, disappointments, and honest differences of opinion were to discover that the rewards surpassed all expectations.

This becomes crystal clear not just to them but to their friends and family when the couple celebrates their golden wedding anniversary.

Here's what we can learn from them:

Fifty years is the awareness that five decades ago, two young lovers claimed to have found the peak of romance, only to realize that such love was shallow to that held by them today.

Fifty years is the reward of tolerance that allows the threads of two different personalities to weave themselves into a pattern of maturity impossible to attain alone.

Fifty years is finding that the complexities of daily struggles, the ups and downs, the strengths and weaknesses combine to up-build one another in love.

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Fifty years is the willingness to fulfill the needs of one's mate to the extent that without the other, one is but half a person and with the other both are more than they ever thought they could be.

Fifty years is that stimulation that offers the opportunity to reach beyond one's potential, to love beyond one's understanding, to achieve beyond one's wildest dreams.

Fifty years is the desire to give, not to receive; to love, not to hate; to help, not to hinder; to strive, not to retreat; to share, not to keep; to live, not to die.

Fifty Years is the interacting of two minds, different, yet complementary, contributing to each other the depth of "fulfillment."

Fifty years is a basic melodic theme with a beauty that overrides clashing discords and transfers one variation

after another into a yet unfinished symphony.

Fifty years is a holy state, ordained by God to be held in honor by all who know that what God has joined together, no one should put asunder.

Fifty years is a faithfulness for better or for worse, a trust through richer or poorer, and a companionship in sickness and in health. It is a courtship unending.

Fifty years is a communion at the altar of life.

Fifty years is the full knowledge that you are there to uphold me when I am sad, to share when I am happy, to lead when I am weak, to advise when I am strong, to relieve when I am sick, to comfort when I am in the valley of the shadow of death.

Fifty years is the pledge that when one dies before the other, the one who remains will think not of the sadness of the moment, but thank Almighty God for the rewards they have shared these fifty wonderful years.

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Author:McCollister, John
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Date:Jan 1, 2008
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