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Tuesday Tidbits :: On Silver

There are a lot of phrases that refer to Silver: Silver Lining, Silver Spoon, Silver Platter, Silver Screen, Silver Bullet, Silver Tongued, Silver Jubilee but the one I'm focused on on now is Silver Anniversary.

Silver Anniversary is a celebration of 25 years of marriage, a milestone we recently celebrated at our home. It was given that name presumably because of its radiance and brilliance. Traditionally, it signified the 'harmony' that was needed to sustain a marriage that long. It's a true testament to the commitment that is made on the wedding day and, truthfully, having grown up in a broken home with a wonderful mother but less than stellar father and stepfather, I never expected to achieve this for myself. I got lucky...or blessed...or both.

But although children of divorce are more likely to divorce in their own marriages according to numerous studies, not every statistic is cut in stone. My mother and my stepfather divorced at a pivotal time in my life and I spent many years believing it would be like that for me. I did not really date in high school or in college and made several missteps in my adult life before finding my husband who showed me how a woman is supposed to be treated. He allowed me the time to realize that he believed in me and would be there for me no matter what. When my biological father refused to come to my wedding for reasons known only to him, my husband put his arms around me and told me that it was okay because he was going to be there to take care of me from that day forward. And, he has.

While life wasn't presented to me on a Silver Platter and I wasn't born with a Silver Spoon in my mouth, my husband was, and is, my Silver Lining.

Maurice Setter said, "Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold." I wasn't expecting anything. Maybe that's why our Silver is so precious.

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