During the banquet celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, Tom was asked to give his friends a brief account on the benefits of such a long and enduring marriage.
“Tell us Tom, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your wife?”
Tom responded, “Well, I’ve learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, meekness, forbearance, self-restraint, forgiveness…”
Tom paused to wipe a tear from his eye, then continued, “and a great many other qualities I would never have needed if only I’d stayed single.”