The date is engraved on the inside of my wedding ring … June 18, 1970. My wife told me I would never have an excuse for missing our anniversary. I don’t need the reminder inside my ring, which I seldom remove from my finger. It’s easy to remember one of the most important dates in my life.
At least one friend told Shelley she was making a big mistake, and I don’t think many believed our marriage would last. We had different backgrounds, different interests, no money, no safety net. But we realized after a while that if we stuck together, depended on each other, and worked as a team, we might just make it.
We’ve been enormously blessed with wonderful children and grandchildren, good health, and we’ve found many things we like to do together. We don’t focus on negatives, setbacks, or failures. We just try to keep pulling in the same direction.
We’re friends, we’re a team. 43 years is not such a long time after all.
Our thought for today is from Mae West:
“Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution yet.”