My parents celebrated
their 66th Wedding anniversary
yesterday, June 7, 2018.
June 8, 2018
Erin and I are celebrating our
32th Wedding Anniversary.
On June 8, 1986
the odds makers gave us a 35% chance of surviving our second marriage
which blended two families together
and it even went down a few percentage points when we had
o u r
two children within the first four years of our marriage.
T O D A Y:
the odds makers are ruling in our favor.
T H E Y
77% of couples married since 1990 reached their 10-year anniversaries according to recent census figures. It’s a supposed slight increase from 74% in the 80’s when divorces were at an all-time high.
N O W
Fifty-Five percent of all married couples have been married for at least 15 years, according to the Census report, while 35 percent have celebrated their 25th anniversaries and a special
S I X P E R C E N T
have made it to 50 years.
The Social Scientists are giving us all kinds of reasons why couples have not only leveled off the divorce train but actually turned it around:
More Equal Rights and Pay
Being Friends First
Bradford Wilcox, the Director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia tells us,
“Marriage is actually becoming more stable in America and divorce is becoming less common.”
He goes on to say,
“There is sort of more of a soul mate model of marriage today. . .50 years ago, this was one of the things you did when you became a young adult. You found a boyfriend or girlfriend and if you were pretty happy you’d go ahead and get married. . .Today the bar for marriage is much higher because people want a soul mate, not just a spouse. And a soul mate should be someone who is capable of providing you with emotional fulfillment, an intense relationship.”
What do I know after 32 years?
that I can give the World, but Erin can bring me home.
that we can show each other what we can never see by ourselves
that she’s a beautiful blue ocean and I’m an extensive sandy shore
that her Better
conquers my Worse
that her Richness
obliterates my Poverty
cures my Illnesses
I know her Love
is my never ending Christmas Day
I most ultimately know
the most handsome
but no one can ever convince me
that I’m not the
l u c k i e s t
The one thing after all of these years
Why she said
Y E S
but I’m in heaven now and forevermore
did. . .
Great relationships aren’t the ones that last a lifetime,
they’re ones that last a second past eternity.
I don’t know what the percentages of
T H A T
a r e. . .
but when you have it. . .
you no longer care;
It’s a Math you can’t figure out
but adds up
a n y w a y
(and we just can’t stop smiling)