Last weekend the Queen of England celebrated her Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years as Monarch. Last weekend, my Auntie Roma and Uncle Gil celebrated their 60th Diamond Wedding Anniversary and some might say that Queen Roma has enjoyed her reign as well. While they do bear partial resemblance to Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip (see photo), they also have a true partnership that has worked and endured the test of time.
There are few occasions in which I would be willing to sit in the third row of my own minivan while my husband drives to Milwaukee with my mom, dad, brother, and sister-in-law. A party to commemorate 60 years of marriage is one them. As an added bonus, I was literally the third youngest person in the room, beaten in youth only by my second cousins. If I had been feeling a little down about my next milestone birthday, this was the place to make me feel like a teenager again!
On Sunday morning in the afterglow of supper club heaven, I started thinking about what it means to be married for 60 years. How did they do it? What is their secret? I surely wanted to know, so I asked and this is what they told me:
- Faith in God
- Respect for each other
- Common interests like snow skiing, water skiing, traveling, music, enjoying social activities
- Keeping marriage vows, including two vow renewals in the Fern Grotto in Hawaii
- A good sense of humor
Maybe these five things aren’t actually big secrets. After all, I have watched this duo exhibit these qualities for my entire life. Although, I was never invited to Hawaii. What gives, Auntie Roma?!
Congratulations on your special anniversary and thank you for sharing it with us. ♥