You’ve seen Up, right? Of course you have!
If you’re any kind of a respectable human you shed sad tears when Ellie dies. But it’s bittersweet. While she was alive she was half of one of the most beautiful marriages to grace the silver screen in a long time.
Marriage has received a bum rap the past several years. Nowadays it’s common to hear the younger generation question the institution of marriage altogether. With a divorce rate hovering above 50% it’s tough to fault them.
But, dammit! I’m still a believer! I really am! Our connections with others and the love we share is what makes life worth living. And marriage, no matter how rocky and potholed the road sometimes becomes, is worth the journey. Serge and I are working on our ninth year and I feel completely comfortable repeating that old cliche that I love him more now than when we got married. I’m so proud of where he’s been and especially where he’s going… And I want to be a part of it. I want to be on his team. Not only that, but, like some of the children who submitted photos of their parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles below, I want my children to be proud of me and their dad and a large part of that is working on my marriage so I can be with their him until we can take our own then and now shots. I want them to have that so badly. I want that so badly.
But my almost decade of marriage is nothing compared to what you’re about to see. Couples who’ve managed to make their journey last more than thirty years. One couple boasts 71 years. Can you imagine?
Looking at the ‘then’ photos of young, starry-eyed couples in love and juxtaposing that with the ‘now’ images featuring older, wiser couples (who look even more in love, if you can imagine it) I imagine they feel the same way about their marriages that Carl felt at the end of the movie Up: sometimes life’s biggest adventures aren’t the ones you set out looking for but, in the end, you wouldn’t trade your journey for the world.
Grab a hankie an get ready to feel inspired.
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*Thank you so much to everyone who sent in photos. I could look at them all day. If you’d like to submit some photos email me at monicabielanko at yahoo dot com and I’ll add them.
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