When my buddy  and publicist Jenea Robinson wrote about her grandparents’ 50+ year marriage on Facebook last year, I was intrigued. I felt like we made a mini-milestone when my boyfriend and I celebrated our two year anniversary this week, so the reality of more than half a century of love and happiness with the same person definitely had my full attention.

 

Today they celebrate their 60th anniversary. Here Jenea shares how her grandparent’s marriage impacts their family – and her grandmom’s words of advice for happily ever after.

It’s Their Anniversary.
When I sit back and think about being with someone for 60 years, I am totally amazed. I have trouble staying with someone for longer than a year so to see my grandparents make it to 60 is very inspiring and reminds me that God is real. They could not have made it this far without his grace. They have actually been together since they were 16 and have six children and dozens of grandchildren and great-grands!

Back in the Day.My grandparents are definitely a reflection of the old school. They don’t talk too much about their relationship and are very private. A lot of us young couples don’t have enough faith in our own relationships so we take our problems to our friends and families, and everyone else but our partners. My grandparents are rocks for us and our example on making love work. We have been taught to work it out no matter what! There has only been one divorce in my family ever and we don’t see it too often.

A Look Ahead.
Despite my parents’ and grandparents’ successful marriages, my thoughts on marriage sadly match up with the headlines. They come from a different universe and times are just different. I do have faith that I will get married but it is a leap of faith because the odds are against me.

Grandma says . . . .
I recently asked my grandmother what makes their relationship work. Her simple reply: compromise, patience and God. You gotta love that!

How have the relationships in your family influenced you?

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