This year is one for milestones. I reached my Razorback football number — 73 — in age last week. In July, Suzy and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary (if either of us remembers), and today marks the 2500th post on The Hubbell Pew. It was almost fifteen years ago that my son developed a blog for me called The Hubbell Pew so I could post my random meditations, quotes, and thoughts that I sent to family and friends by email. I had never heard of a blog before then.
Today marks the 2500th. I wondered what I would say, but decided to let it come to me and it did. I read today’s quote this morning and it strikes the message I hoped.
For one human being to love another is to continually discover new layers of oneself while continuously discovering new layers of the other, and in them new footholds of love. — Maria Popova.
In fifty years of marriage to Suzy, we continue to surprise each other and discover new layers of depth in the other and in our marriage. In seventy-three years of life, I continue to discover and learn, but most importantly to love life itself. In twenty-five hundred meditations and thoughts, I continue to explore and discover new aspects of my relationship with God and the universe.
Truth is that the anniversary dates are not important, it’s the remaining open to discovery, adventure, and new depths of love that is important. At some point there will be new milestones and the old ones will fade away into memory, but the depth of my love for knowledge, Suzy, and God will continue to gain new footholds.