To learn something, to master something, anything, is as sweet as first love. ~Geoffrey Wolff
With so much tragedy and terror going on in the world, especially with the airstrikes in Syria (targeting ISIS) and the persecution of Catholics in the Middle East and around the world, it is truly a delight to write about something worth celebrating. I know this is a bit past due, but good news never expires.
On August 8, 2014, good friends’ of mine, Lorraine and Bob Arbuckle celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. I’ve spoke of them before True Penn State Role Model and it is an honor to speak of them again.
I should correct that by saying, they are not only friends of mine, but in deed like my second family, for they’ve ALWAYS treated me as such. From the time I met Lorraine and Bob (and the entire family), they’ve always included Kyle and me as part of their own, and welcomed us both with open arms. They’ve extended the same gesture to my parents and sister alike. Keep in mind, mom, dad and Nicole have never met Lorraine and Bob, or any of the Arbuckle clan! In fact, I don’t think they even know what each looks like! How about that for blind love! As a nice gesture, some people may ask about others to strike up a conversation. Not Lorraine and Bob, they ask because they really care.
Lorraine and Bob made it 50 years as a happily married couple. For those of you who don’t do math, they began their journey together on August 8, 1964, when pictures where still taken in black and white and marriages where promises kept. Now, I’m sure life wasn’t always bliss, but with the help of God, which they both credit, they made it through together, hand in hand. Due to their strong union and strong moral ethics, over the years they did a wonderful job raising their daughter and two sons, while remaining a staple in the community.
In addition to being benevolent people and raising sincere and goodhearted children, this amazing couple also gave themselves to making life better for those less fortunate. Lorraine and Bob both gave back through the Rotary Club, the church and the soup kitchen just to name a few. Yes, over the years between being responsible Americans and having very accomplished careers, they donated their time and money for good-will.
Did I mention they are grandparents to a wonderful little man? Their devotion runs so deep for that young fellow, take one look into his eyes and you know what his grandparents mean to him.
Lorraine and Bob’s affection extends even further to include their son-in-law, Erik. Erik’s words have always been kind to the Arbuckle’s, but what impresses me the most are his actions, which only reinforces his words of respect and gratitude. Like I said one big tight family!
It’s true, you can love and love and never run out. I was a testament to this at Lorraine and Bob’s surprise 50th Anniversary Celebration. Their daughter Lisa, who is a really good friend of mine, (heck I’m also friends with her husband, her brother’s Robby and Jeffrey, and the cousins and the aunts and the uncles etc), invited me to the party. What an honor! As I mingled in and out of family and long time friends, I saw and felt the same emotions radiating from everyone in the room. What was it exactly? I couldn’t quite pinpoint it, but it was definitely a mixture of love and respect and appreciation. That is what Lorraine and Bob mean to everyone they encounter. They are no doubt rock stars to their family and friends!
On a side note, it was Lisa who organized the gala with the aid of recruited family and friends. She did such a spectacular job! I don’t mean that lightly. Being an event planner myself, no detail was overlooked. She put a ton of work into the day and it was truly amazing! Lisa wanted everything to be perfect for her parents as did Robby and Erik (They both had to put up with Lisa while she was in her planning mode! Just kidding, kinda.) who both helped out like champs. Jeffrey wrote a song, taking us all on a journey over 50 years. He sang it and played the guitar beautifully for his parents. If those acts were not proof enough to the love those children (including Erik) have for their parents (mother and father-in-law), I can’t for the life of me come up with a more perfect example. When two people are innately good, good radiates to everyone around.
My theory on respect is it’s a two-way street and once someone walks down that path, the other person will follow. Lorraine and Bob have most certainly set an example for the rest of the world to witness and to follow their lead. Not only with respect, but for the entire package of good will, accountability, a Christian way of life. Again, they are the poster children for walking in the way of the Lord. I mean that. I’m not saying they are saints or perfect people, but they try and try hard with all their heart. Granted, I haven’t known the happy couple all my life, but from the years I’ve spent with them, their intentions were always sincere and pure.
Finding a single person that possess so many great qualities such as intelligence, kindness and love is very rare, let alone a pair that both freely exhibit these is almost unheard of. Lorraine and Bob both have demonstrated what a true family is and the impact it has on EVERYONE they encounter. If anyone ever wants to argue the idea that a solid family who puts God first, is what’s best for the family and the community, the Arbuckle’s are the perfect example.
To me they are one of the sweetest and most sincere couples I know. I cannot speak highly enough of them and they deserve every kind word. They are such an inspiration, not only to lasting marriages but that there is good in this world. No one can question the presence of goodness, because I am here to tell you it still exits! I have witnessed it first hand with my own eyes and it is addicting to be around. They are one of the best examples I know for letting God lead their lives and keeping the faith. When you follow in the footsteps of the Lord, true love is never far behind.
Not to short-sight my own family, for they too are a rare breed, but I have been doubly blessed. (Actually, I can honestly say I have been blessed many times over with my longtime friends and extended family) My parents will be married forty-five years this December. They are close on Lorraine and Bob’s heels! I can’t wait to write about mom and dad hitting 50 years!
I hope everyone is as blessed as I am to know and to have experienced this family, for they are a God’s sent.
Happy 50th Anniversary Lorraine & Bob!
P.S. Thank you all again for the wonderful picture and frame (sitting on my desk looking at me now), the engraved plague for my company and the beautiful business card holder engraved with my name and title “The Light Bulb”. Your faith in me is uplifting! You guys are awesome!