I am a lover of horticulture, gardening and the environment. At age 8, I sent away for a package of Zinnia seeds for 10 cents and I've been hooked ever since. After 25 years of being self-employed, I retired. That only lasted 4 years and I now work in a water conservation program: I buy grass from homeowners who are willing to convert to desert landscaping and lose that thirsty green stuff. I pursue what interests me and you can blame my sister for getting me into this blogging thing.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Happy Anniversary

Last weekend it was the 45th anniversary of our best friends. We have known each other for almost 40 years. This weekend (on Labor Day) it is my anniversary, or I should say, our anniversary. My hubby and I will be married 47 years. The 4 of us will celebrate by seeing one of the overpriced shows here on the Las Vegas strip. I hope it's good. More on that in another post.

I find it hard to believe that we have been married that long. When we first got married, I would warn hubby threateningly (when he displeased me), that he only had 49 years left on his contract. Then it became 45 years, 40 years, always a long time off in the future. Now he only has 3 years left, it isn't so funny anymore. I wonder how the years have gone by so quickly.

I was only 18 when I met my future husband, he was 26 and we were in college. He was going to school on the GI bill after serving 4 years in the Navy. We didn't start dating until the end of the school year, around the end of May. We married 3 months later. Most people didn't give us half a chance. They didn't think our marriage would survive. We were from different ethnic backgrounds and different religions. We barely knew each but I knew he was a decent guy and he impressed me with his worldly experience. Hubby had been all over the world, I had lived in the same place all my life. It was flattering that he loved me.

We planned a secret wedding, we were going to run off to the Justice of the Peace. One of my friends blew it, they said something to my sister, known to you as motherkitty. She spilled the beans to our mother. Oh, there was hell to pay, but we were adamant, we got married at the JP's with both our mothers in attendance. 10 days later we got married in the rabbi's study with all parents attending. None were really happy about the way we went about this. My new husband was a divorced Catholic. Against all odds, we have survived and endured.

We've shared our joys and hardships, we had 3 sons who have grown into decent adults. We had financial problems and worked together to build a business. We supported each other through health problems. Since we're both the oldest child in our respective families, we butted heads a lot...almost daily. It has to be a personality thing. Some of our friends call us the Bickersons. It's easy to let the rough spots overshadow the good parts of a life together. I feel blessed that my husband supported me in all my endeavors. We have a shared history, we still love each other and that's our life story. Happy Anniversary, Honey.


Blogger Lobo said...

Congratulations. Celebrate with your family, friends and God. Blessins.

September 02, 2006 3:59 PM  
Blogger Motherkitty said...

Okay, I will FINALLY admit it to the world -- I was soooooo jealous that you were running away to get married that I couldn't wait to run to mother and tell her. After I told her, all I could do was hope you didn't come at me in the middle of the night and strangle me.

I think your marriage has turned out okay. You have a wonderful life together and many shared, happy memories. You love to cook and he loves to eat. How much better can you get than that. Plus, every time you come up with another (hairbrained) project, he's always there helping, aiding and abetting. What a combo you two make.

The Bickersons? It must run in the family. Someone just recently was laughing at husband and I because they thought we were fighting (instead of the obvious -- talking to each other).

Happy anniversary to the two friends and happy anniversary to my lovely sister and brother-in-law. Wish we could be there to celebrate with you.

September 02, 2006 4:49 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

It's funny how when we are young, a 50 year contract would seem like FOREVER but now, like you say, the clock is ticking. I hope the next 3 are the best of the whole 50! Congratulations!

To Love, Honor and Dismay

September 02, 2006 6:13 PM  
Blogger Gary said...

Great post. Congratulations. It sounds like it might be time to sign a contract extension. :)

September 02, 2006 6:28 PM  
Blogger Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Congratulations to both you and your hubby on many long, happy years together.

Yesterday, Jimmy & I celebrated our anniversaries...
He celebrated his 36th year of marriage and I celebrated my 42nd year of marriage.

September 02, 2006 9:38 PM  
Blogger Alipurr said...

Wow. Congratulations! Happy Anniversary. I for one am proud and glad that you guys and my parents have stayed married for so long. It is a great testimony for our family. Of course we miss being able to visit you so often. Against lots of odds, both of you sisters have done incredibly well. I love you guys! Hope you have a great anniversary!

September 04, 2006 6:11 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Happy Anniversary. Blessings to you both for many more years together. My anniversary is on the 5th!

September 04, 2006 10:08 PM  
Blogger LoriSchuster said...

What a wonderful tribute to your husband, your marriage and your life together. Congratulations!

September 05, 2006 8:43 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

Wow, 47 years and you're still both sane??? lol Congratulations, you've done well!! I hope you had a wonderful day and a great time at that Las Vegas show! Here's to many more years of togetherness:-)

September 05, 2006 11:33 AM  
Blogger Big Dave T said...

Awwwww, that's too sweet. Hope you're seeing the Amazing Jonathan in Las Vegas. He's worth the price of the ticket.

My wife and I just celebrated our 26th this year, so we have a ways to go to catch up.

September 05, 2006 2:30 PM  

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