21 August 2014
“Having been married for 50 years… what a blessing,” says Lionel and Dee Chandler. The couple, who lives in White River, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with family and friends beginning of August.
They met during a blind date at a beach braai in Durban on 7 February 1964, and were married in Northdene Methodist Church on 1 August 1964.
Dee says: “Guess it was love at first sight. There was no hesitation or delay in committing our lives together. We both discovered that marriage is a case of give and take, and lots and lots of love, loads of patience and tolerance of each other’s differences.”
At the celebration, Lionel held a tongue-in-cheek speech where he compared married life to electricity.
He said: “Firstly our personalities. I am sure Dee’s friends all know her as a very positive person. I, on the other hand, am inclined to negativity. I would add: only slightly. But Dee may not agree with that last statement. However, thinking on those lines, electricity came to mind.
“220 volts – positive and negative. There are several problems that arise from that. First, coming down to earth with a bump, or, if the earth’s not connected correctly, with a shock soon after marriage. Then short circuits, alternating current and insulation, not to mention power outages, voltage surges etc.
“I believe here in South Africa alternating current alternates 50 times a second, known as 50 hertz. Although it is impossible for our current to alter so rapidly, we have had our hurts. If positive and negative are not insulated, short circuits occur – as in patience wearing thin. Results are a blown fuse and a few sparks as the wire melts.
“I must explain to the younger ones. In the old days fuses were made of thin wire on a porcelain holder, and when a short circuit or overload occurred, the wire disintegrated. This took some time to fix as the fuse box needed a step ladder to reach, and then the hunt for the fuse wire. Normally this happened after dark to add to the frustration. Nowadays, we are lucky to have trip switches at a sensible height, so blown fuses are fixed at the flick of a switch. Dee and I were born before trip switches, so we fixed our own blown fuses ourselves.
“In recent years, we are told that power stations have to power shed to keep up with current demands. Not so with Dee and I – our power stations are rock steady and deliver plenty of current, and with the grace of God, will serve us through our future lives together.”