Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Celebrating 50 Years of Marriage


Celebrating 50 Years!!

On Sunday, June 14th, 2020 we will celebrate our 50th, yes you read it correctly fiftieth wedding anniversary! Ted a.k.a. GT for Gardener Ted, and I have survived living as a married couple for 50 years.

Wait. Wasn't the wedding just yesterday in my home church, Atlanta United Methodist Church, in Atlanta, Illinois? 50 years is a l-o-n-g time.

I remember the weather that day. The wedding ceremony is more of a blur.  Tornadoes swirled through our area, but we were determined to get a tape recorder in place so we could have a keepsake of our wedding. Sounds easy, but as I recall, nothing goes right when you're in a time crunch with a big storm whirling down upon you.

Ted lived four miles away and had to get back home to change into his tux a.k.a. morning suit. However, Mother Nature had other ideas. Torrents of rain and powerful winds greeted us as we opened the church door to leave. We were trapped in the church waiting for a clearing so we could dart out and into our cars to get home and back again before 4:oo pm.

I prayed the storms on our wedding day did not portend a stormy marriage. The good news is the tornadoes did not stop the ceremony or reception in the church basement. As we left on our honeymoon, driving to Champaign, Illinois for our first night as husband and wife, the skies cleared to see a gorgeous sunset through the car's front window. I took this as a promising sign that our life together would be a good one.

 We have weathered many storms for fifty years, but we also had sunny skies and gentle breezes mixed in with those dark days. Isn't that life? We can expect ups and downs. We rejoice through the ups and move on through the downs, knowing we will come out okay, eventually.


June 14, 1970
Okay, I may be prejudiced, but isn't that the cutest guy in this wedding picture? I loved him when I married him, but I love him even more now. It's a mature love, not the rose petals and butterflies kind in our early marriage. Precious love that grows through time.

Okay. I won't get all squishy and teary talking about our marriage. The whole point of this blog post is to explain why I am having a terrible time writing the book dedication for my upcoming memoir, Arranging a Dream. I am dedicating it to Ted. How do I encapsulate 50 years of living into one sentence in the dedication?

Please take a peek at what I have so far, then leave a comment below with any suggestions you have for me. Thank you!!


Dedication to my husband
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16 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Janet! Happy Anniversary. HUGS! Hope you have a wonderful celebration and many, many, many, many, more...

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    1. Thank you, Juneta. The weather forecast for the celebration looks great!

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  2. Congrats on 50 years! That is quite the accomplishment. It might have been stormy weather that day, but it did make your wedding day memorable.

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  3. Congratulations! Wishing you both all the best! :)

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  4. He is a cutie. Congratulations, Janet. Wow, 50 years. And I thought I was doing well. We lived in sin for a few years, so we've just had our 40th. Must not seem very long to you two. Marriage isn't easy. Fifty years says a lot about both of you. Happy Day.

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    1. 40 is a good #. The next 10 years will fly by.

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  5. Congratulations to you both, JQ. It's a lovely photo. I love the train on your dress! And Ted looks very handsome in his suit. You had a memorable day, and I hope you have a memorable anniversary - but without the storms! Very best wishes xxxxx

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    1. Thank you. A beautiful day is ahead. Sunny and 69 degrees. Perfect for the family cookout.

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  6. Congrats. Great photo. We celebrated our 47th this year (or rather didn't celebrate due to Covid lockdown). Hoping for better 2021.

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    1. Congrats on #47! Yes, our plans changed due to covid.

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  7. Happy 50th Anniversary! You both look beautiful!

    It's a wonderful dedication for your memoir. <3

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    1. Thank you, Susan. I'm sure I'll be tweaking it unti I do the final edit!

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  8. Congratulations on 50 years, JQ. Definitely an accomplishment. Love the pic of you and Ted. The dedication is spot on. You did good.:) I'm sharing. :)

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  9. Thanks, Marsha. Spot on sounds good. 😁

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