14,600 Days or 350,400 Hours or The Blink of an Eye – It’s All the Same to Me


Forty years ago today, I walked into a bar in Underground Atlanta with a girlfriend and walked out several hours later with the man who would, in a mere six months, become my husband. Our forty years of togetherness have been marked by much change. We’ve birthed two amazing people, and we’ve buried too many to count. We’ve laughed and cried . . . and eventually laughed again. We’ve pursued our own interests and always come back home to tell each other all about it. We’ve shared interests, cheered each other on in individual pursuits, and worked side-by-side on all sorts of things.

An engineer by training, he views, interprets, and goes through the world in a more linear way than this quirky Aquarian. He is patient, I lean towards impulsive. He is literal, I see and hear metaphors everywhere. He is formulaic, I live like like a pot of soup, pulling sparklies in from every whichaway. He is quite thorough, I want immediate results and have a tendency to get bored and move on. We are good for each other.

It’s not always been easy, but it’s always been the two of us together, and that sure helps. I am not the same woman I was forty years ago, and he is not the same man who mixed me that Tom Collins. But laughter, space in our togetherness, listening, and holding hands continue to define our way of loving each other.

As he says, I’m the best he could do with the car he was driving at the time. And as I say, he’s the best I could do with the boobs I had at the time. Here’s to at least another forty, Andy.





  1. Merry ME

    What a beautiful tribute to togetherness. Sweetie and I are nearing the anniversary of his email response to my Match.com inquiry. I may have to copy this! We don’t have 40 years under our belt but with your example to follow we’re sure to get there.

    • whollyjeanne

      Email response to match.com? I can’t WAIT to hear this story, Sugar . . . especially with you telling it. xo

  2. Debbie

    Congratulations to you both! I finally (at the age of 40) found my wonderful chap five years ago this summer, and we married in 2011. We met online, too! I always say it was the best £20 I ever spent 🙂

    • whollyjeanne

      Now that’s what I call a good investment, Sugar. Congratulations!!!

  3. Angela

    You are clearly better at math and chronological time than you like to admit. And pretty darn good at love, too. Happy meeting anniversary. xo

    • whollyjeanne

      Well, Sugar, I do happen to know my way around a calculator;) xo

  4. InkyTwig

    Happy (belated) Anniversary! Love this! Hugs and love to you both!

    • whollyjeanne

      Thank you, Sugar. Still need to tell you how your name came up on the cruise we were on. It’s all good – couldn’t be anything but good if it involves you. xo

  5. Dian Reid, CPCC

    Congrats to you both, m’dear! You make forty years of togetherness look good =) Cheers and clink to forty more. xoxo

    • whollyjeanne

      thank you, sugar. ~ clink ~ xo

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