During the celebration banquet, John was asked to give his friends a brief account of the benefits of a marriage of such long duration.
"Tell us John, just what is it you have learned from all those wonderful years with your wife?"
John responds, "Well, I've learned that marriage is the best teacher of all. It teaches you loyalty, forbearance, meekness, self-restraint, forgiveness..."
"...And a great many other qualities you wouldn't have needed if you'd stayed single."