Today is my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary—except that because they are in Australia, I guess they were celebrating yesterday. They called us last night to say hello and find out how everyone was doing and I was glad to talk to them. It sounds like they are having a marvelous time, but they’ve been on the road for nearly three weeks and mom sounds ready to come home. She doesn’t like to be far away from her washer/dryer and sewing machine for very long. I’m sure that her new Amazon Kindle has consoled her in times of travel stress.

Right now they are staying at the Voyages Silky Oaks Lodge and Healing Waters Spa near Cairns. Out of curiosity, I just found it online here. Dad booked the Treehouse to celebrate their anniversary. At heart, he’s a romantic. It looks gorgeous. It’s in the middle of the Daintree rainforest—lush and tropical. They went on a hike!

I guess I just want to say that I’m thinking of them and wishing them the best. Their marriage has been a foundation of security and safety in my life and an inspiration to me in my own marriage. They are not perfect. They bicker and take each other for granted. Life is not always pretty for them. It’s about hard work and diligence. About doing the right thing and sometimes getting screwed anyway. But they live with passion and gusto and their own quirky coping mechanisms. After 40 years, they still love each other. Really, what more can anyone hope for? We all should be so lucky.

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