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53 Years

“In a time when nothing is more certain than change, the commitment of two people to one another has become difficult and rare.  Yet, by its scarcity, the beauty and value of this exchange have only been enhanced.” – Robert Sexton


53 years ago today, my parents were married. They are a model of love and commitment through 12 years of night school while working full time to get a college degree, raising three (pretty awesome) kids, three (pretty awesome) grandchildren, two knee replacements, a broken hip, cancer, and daily challenges of life.

Some of the many lessons that I’ve learned from them include:

Faith will get you through everytime;
The value of hard work;
Don’t take the gifts you’ve been given for granted;
The importance of laughter;
Discipline produces results;
The satisfaction from giving your all, regardless of the results;
Ask for forgiveness and mean it;
There’s nothing better than a good polka;
Respect others and yourself;
Pay your bills on time and don’t get over your head in debt;
Life isn’t fair, so what, do what you can with what you have without complaint;
You can be both family and friends;
Give without counting;
Quiet perseverance;
Character is more important than personality;
Life is short, so appreciate each day.

They’ve taught these lessons not in words but in living them everyday.  Thanks Mom and Dad for the many gifts, blessings and lessons. Happy Anniversary.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. Wow, what a blessing! The importance of laughter cannot be overstated. You are a blessing to them, too. Do something fun to celebrate your gift of writing and sense of humor!

    April 11, 2012
  2. What a blessing that your parents have been married for 53 years. The gift of laughter cannot be overrated. You are a gift to your parents and a blessing, too. Celebrate you and your family today!

    April 11, 2012
  3. Wow 53 years! That’s so amazing! I love hearing stories of long lasting love, which unfortunately is rare these days! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    April 11, 2012
  4. Great lessons to live by — Your parents are amazing!

    April 11, 2012
  5. blink357photography #

    What a blessing to have such great examples in your life! I pray that when I am “old” my children will be blessed that way! Thank you for sharing…..

    April 11, 2012
  6. Suz #

    That is beautiful! Congrats to the Pugaczewski’s!! I think a good polka is in order!

    April 12, 2012
  7. reneeboomer #

    Congratulation’s to your Mom and Dad. My Parents were together forever. (they are both in Heaven now), MY Hubby and I will be married 42 years in August. We are best friends and yes it is so rare. “Give without counting”…. so much meaning. Have a great day. 🙂 Renee

    April 12, 2012
  8. wow. i’ve just spent 6 yrs in marriage and hope to be able to spend 53+ years. its a rare blessing nowadays. May God help us

    April 12, 2012
  9. Planting Potatoes #

    Congrats to your parents – God bless them, and thanks for sharing your lessons…I am blessed by them!

    April 13, 2012
  10. 53 years together is really amazing, congrats to them! Thank you for your appreciation on my blog, have a nice day!
    Artphalt

    April 16, 2012
  11. My husband and I are celebrating 43. I hope that our son has learned some good things from us. It’s obvious you were raised with love, joy, laughter, and appreciation. Great post. Thank you.

    June 17, 2012

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