Tuesday marked 25 years of wedded bliss. I think back to then and know that I had no idea how long 25 years was, let alone the rest of our lives. But it has worked out remarkably well for me. We are still happily married, in some ways even more happy than all those 25 years ago.
The day started off okay... but I had a doctors appointment in town, and it was raining. Our plan was that since we were in town we would get our favourite takeout Thai food to bring home for supper. Fate had other ideas though - the restaurant was closed until 5pm – it was just 2:30. So we just trudged on with the rest of our chores, thinking we'd console ourselves with Chinese food from a local restaurant. Come supper time, with our order in our hand, I made the phone call only to be told they were taking a short vacation. WTF. Luckily there is another Chinese restaurant in town... you guessed it... they were out of what we wanted to order. Was it going to debase to DQ burgers? Luckily I remembered from a long ago visit that the second restaurant served one or two Thai dishes. A quick phone call and we had something ordered.
While Carm was gone I got out the white linen tablecloth, some white candles, white flowers from the garden, silver chargers, and silver flatware - voila, a pretty table set. With the tv playing a big band music station we were all set.
It turns out that the Thai dish from our village was good (although nothing is as good as the stuff from in the city), and with a bottle of real champagne, courtesy of Jo Ellen and Don (thanks!), we had a lovey supper. We lingered over the table, talking about all the good times we've had.
Eventually we got up and did a few practice dances then moved to the sofa to look at our wedding album. With familiar rock tunes in the background we gushed over how young everyone was... At the back of the book were a few cards from our first few anniversaries. Carm has always written lovely things in his cards - it was a real treat to read them last night.
I think we'll start a new tradition of writing something about our year and sticking it into the album – it would be fun to see what we find on our 50th anniversary! I'm thinking maybe a photo of the two of us, with a blurb written on the back might do the trick!
Marriage is an act of will that signifies and involves a mutual gift, which unites the spouses and binds them to their eventual souls, with whom they make up a sole family - a domestic church. ~Pope John Paul II