Today we celebrate 15,695 days together, or another way of looking at it is to divide the days by 365 (yes I know I didn’t factor in leap years but hopefully you’ll cut me some slack) and that is 43 years. It was November 9, 1974, a Saturday 43 years ago we were married. We were reminiscing a bit today about our wedding. What time exactly did we get married? Neither of us can remember off the top of our heads. I could go look at our wedding book but that would mean stirring from this chair.
We talked about how many people who were at the wedding have since died and how many people in our lives now were not born 43 years ago. It’s time like these I reflect on all the wonderful people we know and have known. People who have sat around our dining table or we have sat around theirs. We are rich in family and in friends. We have, together, lived through experiences that have brought joy to our hearts and some that have broken our hearts. Our wedding day was filled with joy and sorrow. The joy of a wedding, the sorrow of a visit to the hospital where my mother was dying. We had moved our wedding day ahead hoping she might attend but that was not to be. When I think of it now I wonder how my Dad coped that day. His sense of humour never left him though. After the ceremony he accompanied us to the hospital to visit Mom and as we all passed the admitting desk, he looked at the clerk and at me in my wedding dress and said “Would you please give us directions to the maternity ward?”
We have lived through a lot together, the two of us and we are blessed in so many ways. We give thanks for our family, our friends and our good fortune, probably not as often as we should. There’s not a joke or story that we can tell each other that we likely have told one another before. Some stories and opinions or theories are repeated over and over (mostly in his case of course). In conversation with others one of us can start a story and turn to the other who will finish it.
And to those who say ‘there is nothing new under the sun’, well that’s just wrong. Something new happened today, some 15,695 days after our wedding. We traditionally buy anniversary cards for each other. Today would be our 83rd and 84th card purchase (starting with our first anniversary). And something new happened today. Below are the cards we bought each other. If we’d known, we could have saved some money and both signed the same card.