There once was a green-eyed girl and a blue-eyed boy. They stood at the altar, a mere nineteen and twenty one, and said, "I do." There were likely many that scoffed and silently thought, "What do these kids know? This'll never last."
It's a fair enough question to ask, I suppose. What did they know? Let's be honest, it wasn't a lot. They didn't know just how many grocery aisle shelves he would have to stock to put food on the table. They didn't know quite how many late nights there would be to get that degree. They didn't know that down the road, they would face the loss of a baby. They never would have guessed she'd have cancer at thirty-five. They didn't know there would be five cross-county moves with teary goodbyes every time. They didn't know that one day they'd watch their grown kids board planes that would take them across oceans.
No, they didn't know all of this. They didn't know the pain that life would hold.
But there's more they didn't know.
They didn't know the bliss of birthing three perfect babies. They didn't know how it would feel to watch those babies take their first steps, catch their first fish, ride their first bike. They didn't know just how many basketball games, horse shows and swim meets they'd watch. They never dreamed they'd see the world. Nor did they know that in each place they'd call home, there'd be lives they would change with their warmth and their love. They didn't know that there'd be three pairs of eyes always watching and learning, learning from them what it means to live fully and love deeply.
No, they didn't know all of this. They didn't know the richness life would hold.
But here's what they did know.
I think even at the altar that day, they both knew that thirty years from then, that he'd still be squeezing her ticklish knee, and she'd still be squealing, "Daaaan!"
They both knew then that no matter what life would hold, they'd still be looking at each other today with that shimmer in their eyes. The shimmer that says, "I love you forever. I'm yours and you're mine."
Happy 30th Anniversary, Mom and Dad. You're my heroes forever for loving each other like this.