Fifty years is a long time to sustain anything. When it comes to marriage, 50 years is admirable, something to aspire to, something to learn from, something to behold and celebrate. And celebrate they did. Maryann and Bob renewed their vows surrounded by their family, friends, and most of their original wedding party. As the priest touchingly brought to light, unlike a regular wedding where we are wishing the couple a “happily ever after,” celebrating such a major milestone in a marriage has a very different quality. It’s a way of marking having enjoyed each others’ companionship through the years as well as weathering the various challenges life brings us all. It brought goosebumps to my arms and tears to my eyes to see them recommit to each other in whatever lies ahead in the next chapter of their lives. A giant congratulations to you, Bob and Maryann!
On a personal note, this was a special day for me, too. You see, Bob and Maryann’s son traveled to China with his wife exactly 11 years ago on this day to adopt their oldest daughter, Kaia. At the time, I was working at the agency that facilitated the adoption and I traveled with them on their trip. It was incredible to see you all again, Melanie, Bob, and Kaia. I love how the different chapters of my life have intersected to bring me such amazing opportunities. Thank you so much to all of you!