Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Silver, with golden bands

I couldn't let today pass without marking it here. Twenty five years ago today, it was really hot in what is now my back yard. About 120 guests arrived for the grand event, and soon we ran out of beer. There were balloons, and blue slacks, matching ties, and bride's maid dresses from Laura Ashley. There was a pastor named Bob, all of our relatives, and quite a few friends. The catering didn't go so well but the people being honored that day looked like a million bucks.

Every picture of me has me with my mouth open. Most of the pictures are slightly tilted because our "official photographer" who took pictures on a point and shoot camera was in the early stages of Alzheimer's. Most of the good pictures are snapshots from friends.

We started mostly on time, as I recall, though it seemed that some family members rushed things a bit. The vows were sweet, though not nearly as sweet as the 25 years hence, or as my pretty young bride.

I still remember that day very fondly. We were wed where our swing set now stands.

To all of our friends and family who were there, and all of those who we met later, I would like to say thank you for being there for us and supporting us as a couple. Thank you for the interest you have shown in us and our lives.

My biggest thanks go to my wife, of course. Thanks for putting up with me, through good and bad and worse times. Thank you for sharing your life completely with me, and for believing in me even when I deeply doubted myself.

Any of us who could go back in time with the freedom to change what we didn't like would do so in a moment. I would change a lot of things - and buy Netscape too - but there are few no decisions that I have made that have that have had such a profound and positive influence on my life as the decision to marry Sharon. I can't imagine a better choice and I would do it again in a heartbeat.


Artemis Rich said...

Damn you, Bob for making me cry in the early evening.

The two of you are so inspiring to me, the fact that you love each other so much after 25 years gives me such faith.

Congratulations and the happiest of anniversaries to you and Sharon, with much love and admiration.

Carl said...

Here's hoping that your next 25 years are as wonderful and exciting.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! You guys are inspiring. No, I am being serious here. Inspiring.

Nisey said...

♥ ♥ Happy Anniversary!! ♥ ♥
I love that you still guys are gorgeous in all the best ways.

Cheers to LOVE!

Anonymous said...

So very lovely.

Congratulations on continuing to revel in the joy of each other's happiness.

Jesslyn said...

Note to self: Do not read sappy anniversary blogs while PMSing.

Happy 25th, you guys are wonderful and deserve all the happiness in the world.

Revleza said...

WOW! 25 years & you still love & accept each other. Congrats to both of you for being an inspiration to the rest of us.

grace said...

A belated but still incredibly heartfelt HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! to you both.

S. Stitchery said...

Even though I saw the picture last night and was flabbergasted by how charming the two of you looked, i didn't READ the update. Now that I have, I find myself misty eyed and tender hearted, and anton would have made fun of me.

Best wishes for the future, I love you both bunches. [No really, I do! Not just because you guys tolerate me and feed me queso]