Thursday, February 24, 2011

I keep a file of clever marriage ideas and I came across this the other day. I think this is absolutely brilliant!

“Dear Ann Landers:

Last weekend, we celebrated my parents’
50th wedding anniversary. This morning, they left on a long-awaited trip to Hawaii. They were as excited as if it were their honeymoon.When my parents married, they had only enough money for a three-day trip 50 miles from home. They made a pact that each time they made love, they would put a dollar in a special metal box and save it for a honeymoon in Hawaii for their 50th anniversary.

Dad was a policeman, and Mom was a schoolteacher. They lived in a modest house and did all their own repairs. Raising five children was a challenge, and sometimes, money was short, but no matter what emergency came up, Dad would not let Mom take any money out of the “Hawaii account.” As the account grew, they put it in a savings account and then bought CDs.

My parents were always very much in love. I can remember Dad coming home and telling Mom, “I have a dollar in my pocket,” and she would smile at him and reply, “I know how to spend it.”

When each of us children married, Mom and Dad gave us a small metal box and told us their secret, which we found enchanting. All five of us are now saving for our dream honeymoons. Mom and Dad never told us how much money they had managed to save, but it must have been considerable because when they cashed in those CDs, they had enough for airfare to Hawaii plus hotel accommodations for 10 days and plenty of spending money.

As they told us good-bye before leaving, Dad winked and said, “Tonight, we are starting an account for Cancun. That should only take 25 years.”

– Loving Daughter in Abilene, Texas“

Let me know what you think.


Tom said...


Is SO SAD that more of these stories don't get celebrated in the media/society.

We've been married 25+ years and truly each day together gets better and better and better.

Something the culture keeps as a deep secret :(


SpicyB said...

Glad you liked it Tom, you are so right about the media's silence on happy marriages that go the distance.
I thought this was inspirational and though we are starting way late, my hubby and I have decided to give this a try. Maybe when we've been married 50 years we'll have enough saved to travel Europe!