Wednesday, August 12, 2015

43 Years Later...........

We were married 43 years ago today.

I was 18, he was 20. We grew up down the street from each other for the previous 6 years.

We are so lucky, both of us, that the other didn't turn out to be mean, abusive, drug addled or lazy.  It could have turned out any way, really.

Fifteen years in, we ended up with Carrie.  And that was a good thing.  Even though she thought I loved the dogs more than I loved her, she still had a great and wonderful life with us.  She tried everything, went to great schools, always had at least one parent at every game she played and suffered through Frank as PTO President in 2 schools, her homeroom parent in every grade and her girl scout leader.

He was a great mom!  And he knew all the women in 3 schools, routinely met with them and still never even considered more than a business relationship with any of them.

It hasn't always been sugar and roses, but it was never hate and pain.  Both of us always had good
jobs and worked hard to be good citizens by giving back through CAAWS and Toastmasters International.

And we have traveled the United States and the world, paid off three houses in total, never had a car payment and only one check has ever bounced.  That was for Brandy's dog house because I had changed banks and he had one old check in his wallet!

Not many people have such wonderful lives.  We are very lucky we found each other, and worked to keep it going.


  1. Congrats to both of you for putting up with one another for so long! LOL. I love you both and consider you both to be good friends. Who takes in an ailing internet buddy that they have met once before at a quilt shop and feeds and cares for them? YOU do! You both made me feel very special to allow me to meet your daughter as well. Ray and I both had a great time with you and enjoy your company immensely!.

  2. congrats to you both, i know that is hard work to make a great marriage that lasts

  3. Sounds like a great time. My husband and I truly celebrated our 42nd yesterday. A different story, but lots of trust and happiness in both cases. I wish both of you many more years of love and happiness.

  4. Congratulations and I wish you both many, many more years!

  5. Congratulations! You are very blessed for sure. Frank is a gem and he looks like Rhettt Butler in that photo! And you a 60's version of Scarlett.

  6. belated congratulations to you both. Sweet photos of you back then and now! And a beautiful post.


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