marking time


we have been married 38 years today.
13,870 days.

and though love
doesn’t look the same
or taste the same
or smell
or sound
or feel
the same as it did
38 years ago,
it has kissed
every single
one of those days.

and that’s the important thing.


  1. Julie Daley

    Congratulations, Dear. What a beautiful bride, beautiful woman.

    • whollyjeanne

      Thank you. You know, Jewels, one thing that’s changed is that I don’t hear the word “beautiful” very often any more. So thank you even more. 

      • Arc30215

        You are more beautiful and desirable today than you were when I met you 38 years ago.

        • whollyjeanne

          Oh wow. Hear me purr . . .

  2. Julie Jordan Scott

    Remarkable. Oodles of congratulations to you!

    • whollyjeanne

      Yes, Julie, it’s the hardest job I’ve ever had! Thank you.

  3. kaileenelise

    A wonderful reason to celebrate each day. Congrats!

  4. Bsain

    Lovely… as are you my dear.

  5. illuminary

    and where does that time go? ~smile~ a blessed day for remembering…

    • whollyjeanne

      EXACTLY. Where does the time go? Thank you, Sugar.

  6. Alana

    Oh I love you from 38 years ago almost as much as I love you now. What a sweet picture. Congratulations on turning toward love again and again – on choosing each other each of those 13,870 days.

    • whollyjeanne

      Oh, Sugar. You’re so right: we CHOOSE love every day. xo

  7. Meredith

    Happy Anniversary! Congrats on 38 years. =)

    • whollyjeanne

      Thank you, Sugar. 38 years. Sounds such a long time. (Only because it is!)

  8. Angela

    I love the counting of the days here, and the recognition of the moment-by-moment-sensory-ness of a 38-year marriage.  Love to you both.

    • whollyjeanne

      Thank you, Sugar. It is a choice – every single day – and some days the choice is easier than other days;) xo

  9. Anonymous

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! 🙂 I love love stories. I love that despite what all the pessimists and national statistics says, marriage can work. Love can work. 

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