Happy anniversary, George and Diane! It’s an anniversary of sorts for me and Judy, too.
It seems like almost yesterday when we walked down the aisle, Bill. Happy First Date Anniversary to you and Judy!
Congrats on 32 years of happiness! You’re beginning to get the hang of this marriage thing.
Yes, Jerry, I think after 32 years we’ve found our groove.
Happy Anniversary! You’re still eight years behind us and a bunch more behind the Criders but you’re on a definite roll.
I told my students a couple weeks ago that we would be celebrating our 32nd Wedding Anniversary, Jeff. After class, a student came up to me and said, “I don’t know anybody, friends or family, who have been married as long as you and your wife.” And I said, “And I bet your friends and family are not as happy as I am.” The student smiled and said, “You’re right!”
Happy Anniversary, George and Diane. It is an achievement. January 21 will be 44 years for us. Getting married at nineteen gave me a good jump on you. Hope you have a great day and new year.
We plan to go see THE KING’S SPEECH and then out to a fine Italian restaurant for dinner, Patti. I was still chasing girls at 19!
Congratulations to you and your wife! I must say I really feel like a piker here amidst all the comments, as hubby & I will celebrate only our 22nd anniversary (and 24 years together) in February. As my husband says, these days if you make it to double-digits, you know you’re doing something right!
Your husband is right, Deb! Unfortunately, based on my students and my kids’ friends, the new generation either doesn’t get married or gets into marriages that only last a few years. I consider myself extremely fortunate to be married to a wonderful woman like Diane. I can’t believe my luck!
Divorce is indeed epidemic. Somehow my parents have made it to what will be 64 years in a couple of weeks, but my brother and one of Jackie’s sisters are both divoreced. Both my sisters waited until nearly 40 (or after 40) until they got married. Only one of my nieces or nephews is married, though another is living with a woman and has a kid, another change from our day.
One of my colleagues who shared an office at the College with me has been married FIVE TIMES and divorced FIVE TIMES, Jeff. I told him, “You’re not very good at this, are you?” I urged him to seek counseling. When he finally met with a counselor, she told him: “You’ve married the same type of woman five times.” After they worked through his issues, he met a very nice woman who he’s living with.
My parents have just celebrated their 54th anniversary; my in-laws made it to 52 years, 11 months, before my father-in-law passed away in 2009. I think both of us having parents who were in solid, long-term marriages made my husband and I even more committed to keeping ours on the right track–having both seen the give-and-take of a good marriage. While planning our wedding (in 1989), my husband and I were meeting with the photographer to discuss pictures of the bridal party. When we said we wanted a set of pictures of my parents and my husband’s parents, the photographer was stunned to learn that both of us had parents who were still married. He said, “I don’t have one couple in one hundred where both the bride’s parents and the groom’s parents are still married”–and that was 22 years ago. He was looking forward to taking pictures at a wedding where he wouldn’t have to worry about keeping the step-parents out of certain shots.
Most of our friends have “blended” families, Deb. Divorce seems like the answer to many couples, but I think many times it just leads to more problems. Congratulations on being a part of such stable families! Good role models!
Well, George, it seems we are further alike. Today Sandi and I celebrate our 31st anniversary. You got a year on us. Keep warm, enjoy the day and the show.
Great minds think alike (and get married on the same day), Scott. Happy Anniversary wishes to you and Sandi!
George, Jackie wants to know when the Anniversary of your vasectomy is.
That date is lost in the mists of Time, Jeff. I could guess at the probable year…
Congrats to you guys!
Thanks for the congratulations, Randy. On days like this, I look at Diane and feel like I won the Lottery.
Congratulations to you both!
I wonder if Diane had known, all those years ago, about your compulsive book collecting gene, what she would have thought? She’s got to be a saint to put up with all those books, CDs, DVDs and other stuff, but then she must be a saint just to…well, never mind.
Here I am only approaching my 5th anniversary, but then I was single until I was 60 years old.
I think Diane knew I had a “love” for books and music, Rick. It took a few months for her to realize the size of that love.
So what were weddings like back then? Did you have to carry a broadsword or sacrifice a goat?
I thought we might elope, Dan, but we ended up with a church wedding and a small reception of 80 friends and relatives. No broadswords. And no goats were sacrificed or harmed in the making of this marriage.
George, we have the same thing in my family – my mother’s brother (age 77) jsut got married for the FIFTH time! Put in your own line about “some people never learn” or “there’s no fool like an old fool” here.
All five of his kids were from marriage #3 by the way. And all four previous marriages ended in divorce.
Some people never learn, Jeff.
Never been married, and can’t imagine being married for 32 years.
Any advice on finding the right kind of gal?
Oh, and a big congratulations to both you and Diane!
I married a girl I went to high school with, Drongo. I knew her for years and admired her smartness and good looks. My advice is to take time to know a number of women who share your interests. Proximity leads to dating. And dating leads to…
LIKED THE KING”S SPEECH a lot. Colin and Geoffrey will probably both get lots of awards.
We liked THE KING’S SPEECH, too, Patti. I’ll post a review next week. You’re right about Rush and Firth about to be showered by awards.
The woman I’ve spent the most time with (albeit mostly Platonically) can’t stand stacks of books (etc.) about. You can see how that would be the makings of doomed cohabitation with the likes of me (she stuck it our for eight years).
Congratulations to you both, and to the other assembled marking the years!
Diane makes sure I manage my book, CD, and DVD addictions, Todd. Without her boundaries, I’d be broke and busted.
Congratulations, you two! On to the next 32!
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