Browsing through her blog I came across “First (Middle) and Last – My Man”. Here Leanne shared with us her life in pictures and her wonderful marriage. First – how they met and married soon afterwards, (Middle) 15 years later with growing children and now Last – empty nest and middle life.
Although I was not one of those lucky ones with a life-long partner, her post made me think of my parents. My father often joked he never considered divorce, “but murder often”, they were married for 61 years.
My mom was a nurse when she met my dad after he was injured in a serious motorcycle accident. She worked in his ward and found every excuse under the sun to attend to his needs while he lay incapacitated, healing from a broken hip.
My Dad always joked, ” it’s an accident I never recovered from!!”
Soon after their marriage, my father took his young wife to Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia). It was here where all five children were born – four girls and a boy.
My Dad then moved his family to South Africa where we grew up, and eventually flew the nest.
When Dad retired, Mom maintained she was now on a permanent honeymoon. Every morning they went walking and every Wednesday they visited a nature reserve to picnic together.
They also explored South Africa and visited America and England for the first time.
According to my mom, Retirement = Permanent Honeymoon
Their marriage was one made in heaven and a legacy left for their children to be proud of.
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