According to statistics only 65% of those married in the 70's made it to their 15th wedding anniversary. But 40 years later my parents sat at a restaurant surrounded by their 4 children, 3 son-in-laws, and 5 wonderful grandchildren because 40 years of marriage is something to celebrate.
Growing up my sisters and I were the strange kids at school because our parents were still together. We didn't mind being the odd man out when it came to not having divorced parents. My parents gave my siblings and even my friends an example of what marriage could be and should be about.
My parents almost never fought, they worked through rough times together, they always had fun together and they were always a united front when it came to us kids. They made marriage look fun and effotless. Now that I have been married for 9 years I now realize that marriage is hard work, an ultimate commitment, and totally worth it.
I asked my mom, Mercy Gomez, what she has learned after 40 years of being married to my dad, Felix Gomez.
She also added....
I am so grateful for the hard work and commitment my parents have put into their marriage. They have given us a solid foundation and great example of marriage.
Happy 40th anniversary Mom and Pops. Cheers!