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It Was 20 Years Ago Today

“Love is often the fruit of marriage.” — Moliere

We picked Groundhog’s Day because we thought it would be easy to remember. I forget it’s Groundhog’s Day. Hal forgets it all. As long as he doesn’t forget he’s married. (And, let’s face it, how could he?)

“If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.” — Michel de Montaigne

Although the plan was to marry eventually, we eloped to our backyard at sunset so that we could sign up to adopt. Otherwise, one of us would have had to move to the mobile home next door (we owned them both) and one of us would have had to apply to adopt as a single parent. Nah.

“More marriages might survive if the partners realized that sometimes the better comes after the worse.” — Doug Larson

Funny, although marriage seemed like such a big thing and sooooo permanent, becoming parents was a no-brainer. Smartest thing we ever did. Wow. Being parents has enriched our lives beyond measure. I realize not everyone needs or wants kids, but I am forever grateful the universe placed those boys in our collective lap. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

“Don’t marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can’t live without.” — James C. Dobson

And forever grateful that Higher Power placed Hal in my path and made me irresistible to him. Ok, I admit it: I’m still pretty irresistible. Lucky, lucky Hal.

“A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.”
– Paul Sweeney

My marriage today looks so different than what I thought it was supposed to look like, and so different than what it looked like at the beginning. Twenty years is a long time, chock full of “growth opportunities” that are almost 100% the result of naivete and unrealistic expectations (thank you, Walt Disney). Good thing we were made for each other! Like instantly recognizing “our” song the first time we heard it. Only this Roy Rogers has got his old Dale.

7 comments to It Was 20 Years Ago Today

  • Wow congratulations! And a fine couple you are, quite the compliment of each other and a blast to be around. We sure miss you guys! Hope you had a great day.
    By the way I think your anniversary is the same day as Wendys or I got you two confused on FB because she said something also :)
    Peace and pura vida!

  • barbara

    Congratultions!! Wow Hal with hair! How are you all settling in? Costa Rica still misses you.

  • Dunedin Mary

    I love this picture of you and Hal! The scene takes me right back to the Keys too, as a fishing boat passes behind you. Thanks for living and sharing your beautiful love story. :)

  • Dunedin Mary

    P.S. I can’t believe how skinny you’re legs are in the picture!!! Like toothpicks Miss/Mrs Arobics instructor. :)

  • Bebe

    Best wishes for at LEAST 20 more years of marital bliss. I did not know the date of your marriage, so I have been remiss in annual congratulations.
    Love, Aunt Bebe

  • Bebe

    You’e not alone in choosing a holiday on which to marry.Aunt Jean chose Flag Day because flags would be raised on her anniversary. Aunt Sally chose July 4 so that the explosions of fire works would remind Stew if he had forgotten. I chose Easter Monday because it is a moveable feast.!!!

  • Thanks for your good wishes! Hey, Aunt Bebe, I didn’t know all that. More proof I married into the right family!!!

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