An Anniversary Post

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24. Celebration!

Thirty-three years ago, on that June 12th, it was nearly 100 degrees in muggy western Illinois and the breezes were strong enough to whip my bridal skirts around my legs, one time nearly causing a fall. I barely noticed the heat, although I was dressed in heavy satin, long sleeved, long skirt, and a fairly long train to carry. I didn’t care. I was wearing the first wedding dress I had tried on. I didn’t try on any others. I loved that gown.

And I was in love. We were in love. And so we married.

We’ve lived in five cities and towns, had seven addresses, raised three children who are grown now and moving on, and we share our lives together still. Still happily (most of the time). We’ve climbed a few steep mountains, crossed–scared–a few deep ravines, but we keep overcoming every obstacle that comes our way, we keep finding the bridges over the ravines. We’ve just crossed a ravine lately, and now there’s a lovely path ahead. Can’t see where it’s headed, but if my Sherpa is coming with me, I am not afraid.

We wrote our wedding vows–it was the thing to do in the mid-1970s–and I can’t find a copy. But I do remember we had one traditional reading mixed with all our words.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking.
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
I Corinthians 13:4-8

Hard words to live by, day in and day out, but wise words. With a message that bears repeating, and remembering.

Happy anniversary to my first love, my only love!


14 Responses to “An Anniversary Post”

  1. June 12, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    Lovely shot, great use of leading lines. Congrats to you and your husband for 33 years! The verses from I Cor. are some of my favorite, these were read at our wedding almost 20 years ago.

  2. June 12, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    What a heartwarming post, Bo. Congrats to you and your husband on this anniversary!

  3. June 12, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    A moving post and sentiment. Your photo is lovely and illustrates your thought so well. Congrats to you both and wishes for many more happy years together.

  4. 4 suehenryphotography
    June 12, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    Happy Anniversary, Bo! May you enjoy many, many more years walking down (and exploring) life’s beautiful path together.

  5. 5 tmcchesney
    June 12, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Happy Anniversary to a couple who obviously feels the same (if not more) as they did the day they were married! How beautiful is your post and your image!! Wishing you both many more happy years together!

  6. 6 Danudin
    June 12, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    What a great memory and tale to relate with this wonderful photo, isn’t it wonderful that when two are in love that love can be multiplied and doled out librally without diminishing the original amount, in spite of all obstactles. Congratulations, I want to see the photo of the skirt tripping you up.

  7. June 12, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Congratulations! Your photo is an excellent metaphor for marriage.

  8. 8 jmckiss
    June 12, 2009 at 8:18 pm

    Congratulations to you and your husband. What a lovely photograph and a moving text.

  9. June 12, 2009 at 9:56 pm

    Life is a pathway and we don’t know where it leads. My DH and I have been married for 55 years and we still trod the path together.

  10. June 13, 2009 at 3:46 am

    Happy Anniversary.

    What a lovely tribute to mark what is quite an accomplishment in this age. Your words are moving and heartfelt and I love the way the path in the photo leads the viewer onward into the future.


  11. June 13, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    At first – Congratulations to you and your husband! ❤

    I love the picture and how well it goes to your words. Well done!

    /Viktoria – morrdrakens365.wordpress.com

  12. June 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Wonderful story, wonderful photo. Many congratulations!!

  13. June 14, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    I can just echo how well the photo illustrates the text. Wishing you many more years together, you both are blessed.

  14. June 17, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    Congrats Bo & Hubby! What a wonderful accomplishment! Here’s to MANY more! Cheers! Beautiful photo too btw!

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