36 years . . . and counting

we met quite by accident on january 27 of that year, became engaged on april 1 of that same year, then married on july 31 – you guessed it – of that same year.

on a tuesday night so we wouldn’t mess up the weekend.

we were so young and so trusting. we knew the world would accommodate us. we were bulletproof as long as we had each other. we would never grow old or bored or infirmed. we expected the best from the world and each other, and we have not been disappointed.

we finished undergraduate school (and i, graduate school), birthed and raised 2 fantastic children, buried parents, developed individual careers and hobbies, and laughed at every opportunity. we have known fun; we have known sorrow. there have been spaces in our togetherness . . . and we have remained in love.

somehow.

(i think it has a lot to do with laughing more than complaining and having the same taste in wallpaper.)

18 Comments

  1. Judith

    Oh-so many congratulations! You expressed that so beautifully. Ours will be 34 this December…also through undergrad years and rearing 2 children, burying 3 of 4 parents. Aren’t we both lucky to be still happy and smiling because we got that first step right?

    • jeanne

      we are indeed lucky . . .and smart . . . and hard-working (read: determined). we’ve buried 3 out of 4 parents, too. parallel lives, ours just started 2 years before yours.

  2. Paula Hewitt

    congrats. i think getting engaged on april fools day cinched the deal.

    • ever jeanne

      that and the fact that we were (obviously) only about 6 years old . . .

  3. Judith

    Oh-so many congratulations! You expressed that so beautifully. Ours will be 34 this December…also through undergrad years and rearing 2 children, burying 3 of 4 parents. Aren’t we both lucky to be still happy and smiling because we got that first step right?

    • jeanne

      we are indeed lucky . . .and smart . . . and hard-working (read: determined). we’ve buried 3 out of 4 parents, too. parallel lives, ours just started 2 years before yours.

  4. Paula Hewitt

    congrats. i think getting engaged on april fools day cinched the deal.

    • ever jeanne

      that and the fact that we were (obviously) only about 6 years old . . .

  5. Fran

    Congratulations! Laughter is definitely the prescription for a long marriage!

    • ever jeanne

      FRAN!!! i think about you often, but have managed to get myself so wrapped up in whatnot around here, i’m just now getting my blogging legs back under me. so good to hear from you.

  6. Fran

    Congratulations! Laughter is definitely the prescription for a long marriage!

    • ever jeanne

      FRAN!!! i think about you often, but have managed to get myself so wrapped up in whatnot around here, i’m just now getting my blogging legs back under me. so good to hear from you.

  7. Pat

    I just loved reading this post…..doesn’t life just fly by! how wonderful that you are happy, joyful, and philosophical….probably the latter two are the most important. Congrats. Pat

    • ever jeanne

      Time sure does whiz by. Seems like only yesterday I was crying my way down the aisle . . .

  8. Pat

    I just loved reading this post…..doesn’t life just fly by! how wonderful that you are happy, joyful, and philosophical….probably the latter two are the most important. Congrats. Pat

    • ever jeanne

      Time sure does whiz by. Seems like only yesterday I was crying my way down the aisle . . .

  9. Acey

    the love stories. i’m always such a sucker for the love stories …

  10. Acey

    the love stories. i’m always such a sucker for the love stories …

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