25 years of wedded bliss and at least that many more to go ...
I hadnít planned on getting married before I was at least 28.†
There were a lot of things that I had planned to do first, a lot of things that I never actually got around to doing.
There was a time when I wondered if I would regret not doing those things, but I really never have.
For the past twenty-five years Iíve been married to a man who has been my Rock of Gibraltar.
Iím the somewhat flighty one, the dreamer, the concocter of crazy schemes, and heís the anchor, the one who keeps me tied to the real world and makes sure I donít float off too far.
When we first got married, we had to use two different toothpastes because neither of us was ready to compromise on our favorite brand.
I thought he was slightly weird for eating cold ketchup on his food, and he thought I was nuts for storing the ketchup in the pantry.
Weíve come a long way since then.†
Weíve shared a lot of love and made a lot of good memories together, but weíve also faced a multitude of things we could have never imagined. Weíve had friends and family members with serious illnesses, some who didnít make it.
We waded through three years of infertility problems, something no one ever plans for.
Weíve had our apartment robbed, been the victims of more than one hit-and-run driver, faced the loss of a business, and waded through a flooded house on far too many occasions.†
Weíve seen one child through the teenage years, driving lessons, college, and marriage, and now weíre starting the driving lessons and college searches again with the other child.
Weíve managed to come through all of this, and home renovations to boot, with a stronger bond.
It hasnít always been easy. Weíre not perfect and weíve certainly had our ups and downs, but the five Cs – communication, commitment to one another, celebrating each otherís victories, comforting each other in times of loss, and compromising for the greater good of our marriage – have helped us out.†
We didnít start out with a plan. We just sort of let common sense and our love for each other guide us, and it seems to have worked so far. I guess weíll keep doing it for the next 25 years or so.
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