I always had respect for my father's judgement, one occasion I seriously rejected his opinion was around 51 years ago when as an almost 20 year old, on announcing a desire to marry, the pithy response and as history reveals, a completely wrong prediction.
In around 30 minutes, the one true love of my life and I will pass the 50 years married milestone.
We started out with swmbo a little bit pregnant, I had to present a letter of consent from my parents to uplift a licence to marry, my future Father in law was somewhat exercised to ensure his daughter was not going to be an unmarried mother requiring support and shelter from them as parents.
How the world has changed.
I guess a marriage that has two old goats as much in love 50 years on, is somewhat archaic in 2013.
Lucky, I don't think so, difficult, yes at times, rewarding, hell yes.
We have now enjoyed more than a decade of contented retirement after a sometimes grueling life of creating, scrabbling, accumulating, building a relationship that seems unachievable by so many today.
50 years ago, no dole, no DPB, affordable housing an impossible dream, hire purchase not applicable, cash for everything and any job was the only option.
Out of work, unthinkable.
Herself afflicted by what turned out to be a benign tumor within the spinal column causing progressive paralysis. A post operative opinion had a Dad contemplating raising two preteen daughters sans a Mother. Oh the out of the blue revelation 5 days later, the presumed malignancy was benign.
Two children with acute inner ear infections requiring grommet inserts to relieve intolerable pain.
One child having a pre cancerous mole removal at around 8yo.
Technical insolvency when Roger Douglas reduced our net asset values below equity prompting a bit of initiative with off farm income to regain solvency before the bank reached our surname.
A total loss house fire in 1990.
Now a battle with a neurological degenerative affliction for one of us.
From Corinthians ll chapter 13:
Now abideth these three, faith, hope and love , the greatest of these is love.
Thankyou my darling for so much happiness, fulfillment and unconditional love.