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An anniversary comes but once a year!
An anniversary comes but once a year. It marks the day you stood up in church and recited vows to each other. It meant something to us and it was a death do us part vow. So, after 53 years we are still here and still together. I remember some of the early anniversaries and I don't remember them all. I remember we went out every year and had a meal and Brian bought me roses. Today a lady asked if he bought me flowers. I told her he didn't buy them today but I have flowers and butterflies to go with them and they last much longer than store bought flowers. She didn't understand. I had roses just last month and they lasted only a few days in our heat even with me changing the water every morning. I had rather have a rose now and then for no reason but love. Brian surprises me with one several times a year and they have more meaning than ones bought for an occasion that calls for buying flowers because it's expected of you.
With the years come routine and every once in awhile you break that routine and do something different. We've done many different things in the 53 years and we've lived many places. We've live in about a dozen different places in four different states. We liked every place we've lived. Sometimes, like the move from Arizona to Texas it is just time to move somewhere else. The climate was different in Arizona than in Wisconsin and it is different in Texas than it was in Arizona. Pennsylvania also had it's own climate. There was very little snow in Philadelphia. There was almost no snow in Arizona and in Texas but Wisconsin had many feet of snow each year. Brian tells people when we left Wisconsin that we went until no one knew what a snow shovel was used for and then we stopped. We still don't have a snow shovel. A broom does a very good job on the amount of snow we've had everywhere but Wisconsin.
Our oldest son was born in the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Brian was in the Navy when we got married. The other two were born in Wisconsin. They all live in different states now. I guess they got the travel bug from us. Well, the youngest and his family live in Wisconsin. The oldest lives in California and is an expert in the growing of grapes and making wine. He has a PhD to prove it. The youngest is a pediatrician. He went to college when he was just 16. We had to sign all sorts of papers just to leave him there. It was only two hours from home. While he was still there we moved across the country. The middle child has a degree in Electronic Instrumentation. He works on the electronics on those huge machines in an open pit copper mine in Arizona. He learned electricity and electronics while spending a few years in the Navy and got his degree piece meal. We are proud of each and every one of them. Did I get off of the subject? Every anniversary is another year spent with a person we love and cherish. I am hoping we have many more left to us. We are both in our 70's but mostly healthy. We do have our problems as we age but doesn't everyone. They are not something we sit and worry about or even think about most days. Our truck doesn't sit in the driveway most days. It takes us to breakfast or lunch or to the library or museum or to visit friends. Today, it took us to lunch at the Woodbine Hotel. That's a haunted hotel. It has ghosts on the third floor. I have not visited the third floor so I cannot personally attest to the ghostly visitor.
This was a very good day for us. We spent it together as always but maybe a little more together instead of us each doing "our" thing and getting together for some parts of the day. We are truly blessed to have found each other at that roller rink when I was only 18. I was 20 when we got married and he was 21. People thought we were too young or didn't know each other well enough. But, we knew better and we made it work for us. You can't just give up when the going hits a rough spot. Work around it and let love have it's way.
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You two have truly been blessed to have each other for so many years. Praying that the years ahead hold many unexpected blessing and good health.
Wonderful post Dooley. You're advice to work around the rough spots is especially sound. Congratulations on 53 years.
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