He asked his flock: “How many couples here have been married for one year?”
A bunch of people in the congregation raised their hands.
The pastor then asked, “How many couples have been married five years?”
Still quite a lot of people raised their hands.
“How many ten year married couples do we have?”, the pastor asked them.
As expected, less hands started to go up.
He then asked them, “What about twenty five years?”
Only a few hands rose at this point.
Finally, the pastor asked them, “And how many of you have been married for fifty years?”
This time,only one couple raised their hands.
“Wow, fifty years! You younger couples should take advice from them. They surely have true dedication to their relationship for it to last that long”.
After the sermon, a younger couple came up to the older couple and said, “We have only been married for a couple of years, and it’s been a little rocky lately. Do you have any advice for us on how to stay together?”
The old man looked at his wife and then back at the younger couple, and said: “Well, we always had relationship problems throughout our marriage, and at one point I told my wife that if we make it to twenty five years, I would take her to Hawaii to celebrate”.
“Wow, that is really special. What did you promise her if you made it to fifty years?”, asked the younger man.
The old man replied, “That she could come home”
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