The next day or two could see some light posting on the site; the Mead clan and its affiliates and allies are gathering in Virginia to celebrate the 60th wedding anniversary of the Venerable Mead and the Grand Matriarch. Their descendants (including the first of what looks to be a great host of great-grandchildren) are present, as are some of the wedding party.Thirty years ago the anniversary was celebrated with an epic pig picking in South Carolina, stories from which will no doubt be retold tonight. Twenty years ago the Venerable Mead celebrated by swimming the Hellespont with yours truly while the Matriarch observed the action from a Turkish ship, eating figs and drinking brandy. Ten years ago those near and dear to them gathered at the hotel in Charleston, South Carolina where they spent the first night of their honeymoon. This year’s celebration will be held at the retirement center where they joined some of their old friends and are making some new ones.For sixty years this blessed couple has been making the world a better place. They provided a happy home and good educations for four children who are close friends today. Each of them through active careers and volunteer service did their fair share and more in the common task of enriching and developing their country and the world. The various homes they lived in at different stages of their lives have been centers of community and social life, always open and welcoming to people of all faiths and no faith and of all stations in life. No one has ever been turned away from their door, no stranger was ever left friendless at their table, no one has ever been made to feel unwelcome or alone at the warm fire of their hospitable and generous love.When asked what was the secret of this long and happy marriage, my parents have always said the same thing. “We made a deal at the beginning,” they say. “Whoever left had to take the children.”In reality the reason they have been together and happy for so long is that each has consistently chosen, even when it was hard, to put love, loyalty and duty first. They never had very much money, but always did the important things, and they always gave money away. They knew that domestic happiness does not involve the construction of a private refuge, but that the purpose of building a home is to share. They were always interested in each others’ growth and career. They took, and take, their wedding vows seriously. They lived in the light of the Lord of life.And over sixty years they built a palace of love that even today is a beacon of welcome and light for their family and their friends. To celebrate the sixtieth anniversary of any wedding is unusual; to celebrate this couple and these lives is such a privilege and a pleasure that we are awed and abashed by our undeserved good luck.Readers, may all of you know moments like this. Life is good.Regular posting will resume in due course.