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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

#621 It seems like only yesterday.

The date was July 22, 1967. The time was 7:00 PM. The occasion, our wedding. Here it is 42 years later and the three people in the photo are together for a visit. The flower girl, Gail, came to visit us for the week. It is fortuitous that it coincides with our wedding anniversary. A lot has happened since then. We have had two daughters.
They have completed college educations. Both of them are now married. The older one lives in the LA area with her husband and newborn son. The younger one lives in Portland with her husband, two cats and a dog.

Maryann and Gail took time to look at our wedding album. Apparently there are a few letters among the keepsakes. One of them that I wrote to Maryann's parents. They weren't too sure that their daughter should marry a soldier, particularly one who had a previous marriage. It took some time, but we were able to form a wonderful friendship. I grew to love them like they were my own parents.

Some of the things I mentioned about Maryann was that she was loving, kind and loyal. I was correct then and she still is. We have been able to forge a strong relationship that is full of fun and an occasional frustration. We have figured out how to share the requisite leadership, and build the strong ties of love.

I am a most fortunate man to be sharing my life with Maryann. She is my inspiration and the light of my life. Besides, who else can help remember things that happened just a short time ago.

Thanks for saying yes and I do. Happy Anniversary. I love you.



Merle said...

Hello Jack ~~ Happy anniversary to you and your lovely wife. Great post that shows your love for each other.

Glad you enjoyed the jokes - the
electric fence and the cat cleaning
and poor Santa.

Take care my friend, Regards, Merle.

shannon said...

happy anniversary mom and dad. you two are an inspiration to me and kevin. xoxo

Sandee said...

What a wonderful tribute to your wife. I really like that.

Happy Anniversary to the both of you. May you share another 42 years. :)

Puss-in-Boots said...

That's a beautiful post, Jack. Congratulations and a long and happy marriage to you both. May you have all the joys and blessings, without the frustrations, of the last 42 years in the years to come.

The Real Mother Hen said...

Happy Anniversary! :)

Christina said...

Happy Anniversary and congratulations!

Skunkfeathers said...

Happy Anniversary!

Karen said...

Have anniversary!

We're just one ahead of you, celebrated our 43rd on July 16!!

Karen said...


That was supposed to say...


Angela Marie said...

What a wonderful tribute to your wife and your marriage! Happy Anniversary Jack and Maryann! How nice to have your flower girl with you at this special time.

I wish you many more happy years to come.