60 years! Now that is a partnership.
While Parkinson's has not been among the challenges that my in-laws have dealt with (as did my parents), health challenges have been part of their struggle. But through all that they remain an example of partners persevering under pressure, caring for each other in spite of any inconvenience.
What inspires me about this accomplishment is that it seems so counterculture, even counterintuitive, to maintain a commitment in today's world. Today it seems that vows evaporate as quickly as the fog on a warm spring day. One cannot help but recognize the rarity of long-term relationships of significance. Loyalty and fidelity beyond convenience and convention are museum pieces that are not often replicated or even respected in our world anymore. Perhaps, like many other things, values such as these have become outdated, superseded by our pursuit of self-fulfillment.
A week from now my wife and I will celebrate our 36th wedding anniversary. Not quite 60, but still somewhat of an anomaly. At least in part, the longevity of our marriage is attributable to the example shown by our respective parents (were my Dad still alive my parents would be celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary this year). Of course, the most significant reason for our marriage standing strong is the extraordinary commitment of my wife. She is and has been the perfect partner for me, although I cannot say the reverse is always true.
Good friends, my family, my fellow team members at work, and most significantly by my wife have blessed me with long lasting partnerships. Not quite 60 years, but worthy of celebration nonetheless. And when facing a future with Parkinson’s or any adversary there is comfort, community and security in those partnerships.
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