Affairs of the Heart



”Real love stories never have endings.” ~ Richard Bach ~

My in-laws were married for over fifty-eight years and my own parents for nearly sixty. Where my wife and I by comparison are at the mere thirty-two year mark.

However, I seriously doubt that a long marriage can be attributed to family history, like is done with healthy genetics. Although I suppose, as is the case with anything in life, a good example can certainly help.

I once heard a joke that said; “The reason my friend got married was because he heard he’d live longer, poor guy. No one told him it just seems longer.”

I also recall seeing a woman in an interview about successful marriages asked; What she thought the secret was to the longevity of her and her husband’s fifty year marriage. She said; “ We never fell out of love at the same time.”

Now, lets face it marriage can be and is a lot of work, and other than a good sense of humor, I believe its key rests in good communication.

I would therefore like to share the following parable I wrote for my in-laws on their fiftieth wedding anniversary. I truly hope its heartfelt message stirs some emotions in you, emotions that will further inspire you to share it on behalf of couples who are fortunate enough to have similar bonds in their relationships.

Affairs of the Heart

In a world where marriages seldom last,
our 50th Anniversary has come to pass.

It is a day to remember all that’s been.
But, for the grace of God,
it's one we may never have seen.

At times like this there’s no regret,
as we celebrate an occasion,
we'll never forget.

If milestones are the true test of time,
this will always be yours, and mine.

For our union is tried and true,
of which there are so very few.

As are all affairs of the heart,
we shall never, ever part.

©2004 Richard Lawrence Belford


About the Author: Richard Lawrence Belford is an Inspirational Writer who has been on a nineteen year creative journey that has allowed him to become well-published. A journey that’s been fueled by his genuine desire to provide faith, comfort & hope to those in grief.

His inspirational writings have been illustrated with photography on a series of wall plaques beautifully designed by Reed Photo Art & Imaging Inc that are professionally printed on metallic photographic paper, have a UV protective laminate complete with a contemporary black beveled edge.


“Affairs of The Heart”  is available at; and or purchased wholesale in a variety of sizes by registering at:

A complete collection of these inspiring wall decor products featuring Richard’s writings can be viewed by visiting his website’s product gallery at the following link:

Richard has also written a bereavement book that includes a collection of his inspirational parables, accompanied by the stories behind their creation. It is entitled; “It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later” and genuinely hopes people who read his book will be inspired to always say; I’ll see you later, instead of goodbye.

 A parable by definition is a symbolic short story that illustrates or teaches some truth, religious principle, or moral lesson. He trusts that his parables, along with these stories will stir some emotions in you that we’ve all felt, emotions that can help bring some small measure of solace to those suffering the loss of someone dear to their heart.

Richard hopes to have his book published in the near future and is not only looking to partner with a suitable publishing company, but also with a well connected international designer, manufacturer and worldwide wholesale canvas wall décor distributor.

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