|Celebrating Our Anniversary!|
Yes, we are celebrating 52 years of marriage on June 14! Whew. But we're not having much of a celebration. Both of our daughters are on separate vacations this week with their families. During the day, I am helping serve a luncheon for retired teachers and that evening I have to be at the library to serve refreshments for a speaker's presentation on shipwrecks in the Great Lakes. So romantic, do you agree??
|52 years ago|
Fifty-two years is a long marriage. Funny how fast life has gone since the day we decided to get married. We met on a blind date in 1963, the summer before our junior year in high school.
My mom loved him from the moment she pulled back the curtain from the window and peeked out at the young man who was stepping up the stairs to our front porch. She turned back to me, her eyes twinkling, and whispered, "He's cute!"
I opened the front door, smiling as bright as I could while trying to keep the butterflies in my tummy in check. He stood tall and fidgeted a bit as his dark brown eyes caught mine. I had to agree with Mom. He was a cutie.We had a great time at the Illinois State Fair with his older sister and her date and Freddie, who arranged the blind date, and his girlfriend. However, his sister's 1947 Chevy broke down in Springfield, IL as we started the hour's drive back to Atlanta, my hometown. Instead of getting home by midnight as my parents requested, we arrived at 3 a.m. Yes, we did find a phone to call home to let everyone know we were going to be late.
Since that big realization and decision to marry, we have been on many adventures together! I think we were mature enough to make a lifetime commitment to each other. No, it has not been all rainbows and lollipops for fifty-two years. Marriage is a lot of work and a lot of compromise.
I wrote about one of the turning points/adventures in our lives--the purchase of a flower shop and greenhouse operation in Fremont, Michigan. We had disagreements and sorrow. But we had joy and happiness too. Through it all, we supported each other and actually grew closer, becoming a strong team to meet any problem and conquer it.
Our grandson is getting married in June 2023. If he ever asks what is the secret to having a long-lasting marriage, I would first tell him to love each other and respect each other. Communicate with her and listen to each other. (I must admit even after all this time, we still have breakdowns in communication.) When you commit to each other during the wedding ceremony, always keep in mind that commitment to be true to each other.
June is the month for brides. Are you a June bride? What advice would you give to a young couple about marriage?
Thank you for stopping in today and celebrating with me! I appreciate your support!
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