What a wonderful milestone for a great couple!
Dan, thanks! After I mentioned our upcoming Wedding Anniversary, I had a student who came up to me after class and say, “Dr. Kelley, I don’t know anyone who’s been married for 30 years.” That was 10 years ago…
A great day. But newlyweds compared to our 52 on the 21st of January.
Patti, Diane and I married relatively late. We were 29 when we took the plunge. Statistics show that later marriages last longer than teenage marriages. Congratulations in advance on your 52nd Anniversary! Impressive!
You don’t know what marrying late is. I didn’t get married until I was 60! Now that’s marrying late.
Rick, you are so right! But, at the time, 29 seemed old to us. Most of our friends had married years before we did.
I’ve been waiting all week to be able to say Happy Anniversary! We had #48 in October.
Jeff, you and Jackie are 8 years ahead of us! Thanks for your congratulations and good wishes.
Sheesh. Get a room, you crazy kids!
Let’s see: the first is paper, the twenty-fifth is silver, the fiftieth is gold, and the fortieth is…Ben-Gay!
Keep the love flowing for many, many more years and show the young whippersnappers what it’s all about!
Jerry, Patrick and Katie checked some Modern Anniversary web site and supposedly the 40th Anniversary is…land! The 41st is Real Estate! Who makes these things up???
40 for you, 39 for us today!! Best wishes to you both!!
Scott, congratulations to you and your lovely wife on your 39th Wedding Anniversary! Hope to see you in Dallas for BOUCHERCON 50!
I can recall, beginning 40+ years ago, reading your chronicles of the courtship, marriage & subsequent developments (Patrick and Katie, for instance) in what was then your “blog”, MAZES (ink on paper, folks, disseminated via US Mail). It’s been quite a saga, with I hope many more good years to come. Congrats and all best wishes!
Art, thanks for your kind words! You’ve been along on our 40-year adventure from time to time. It’s been fun! We just took Katie to the Airport. Patrick flew out yesterday. Comings and goings…
Congratulations to you both on achieving such a milestone! Obviously you both made the right choice when picking a spouse.
I feel like a piker compared to the couples here—John and I will celebrate our 30th anniversary in February. We were also older when we got married—which explains why, for a few months, I was in my sixties and still had teenage children (I was 60 and they were 19, but still…).
Deb, longevity is in short supply these days. As you and John know, the secret to a Good Marriage is sharing love and fun!
George, Jackie wants to know the important stuff: dinner plans.
Jeff, our usual Anniversary celebration features a movie and a dinner at a swanky restaurant. Diane chose MARY POPPINS RETURNS (my review will be up on my blog next week) and her favorite local restaurant, THE HIDEAWAY GRILL. The staff all knows us and when they found out we were celebrating our Anniversary, they served us champagne! I had Prime Rib and Diane had Pasta Brendel with Chicken. For dessert, we shared a Ghirardelli Chocolate Lava Cake with ice cream. Yummy!
Happy anniversary. Although I think I’d rather get divorced than have to go to Mary Poppins Returns. Haven’t seen the use of the word swanky since watching a 40’s movie on TCM.
Steve, my review of MARY POPPINS RETURNS will be up on this blog next week. “Swanky” is one of those cool words from the 1940s that should not have gone out of style.
Yum! Sounds nice. We ordered in a margherita pizza and a salad.
Jeff, as you know I could eat pizza every day! But with an Anniversary, we wanted to do something special. Patrick and Katie took us out to another swanky restaurant, Salvatore’s Italian Gardens, as an early celebration of our 40th Anniversary. I took Maggie Mason and Beth Feydn there when they visited. Salvatore’s is the gaudiest restaurant in Western New York!
If my first wife didn’t pull the plug we’d have been married over 41 years! Congrats on you wild kids for the long life together!
Bob, thanks for your congratulations!
Congratulations to long-suffering Diane, and, oh yes, you too, George. Forty years is a long haul by any standard, and a great achievement for marriage. Good for you both! I’m assuming you’re going out for a snazzy restaurant meal?
Rick, Diane chose the movie and the swanky restaurant. Both were good part of our Anniversary celebration!
Congratulations Dr. & Mrs. Kelley!
Lauren, thanks! Happy New Year to you and Patrick!
Congratulations from me too to George and his wife – how did she manage to stay happy with him for so long? 🙂
A hint on what kind of present you might have bought:
40 years in Germany is called Ruby anniversary …
Even though people tend to live longer this is still the exception to the rule and I don’t know many couples who made it together this long, a second or third marriage seems to be the rule nowadays. D J Dumb seems a good example – that jokejust had to be! 🙂
I might have made it too – but my first wife died soon after our 30th anniversary – cancer …
And now at 75 I’m happy to have made 10 years again with my new love – it’s almost a miracle that she stayed with an old geezer like me (of course it helps that she’s also over 70).
It’s really interesting that there are so many long term marriages for the people here – what does that tell us about George and his companions?
Wolf, thanks for your congratulations. Having a good marriage tends to promote good health, both physical and mental.
Wolf, it’s true. We have a lot of friends in long-term marriages. Interestingly, a number of us (not George, obviously) are also childless.
Jeff, most of our local friends have been married longer than we have.
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