Thursday, December 16, 2010

L Is for 38 Years of Love!


Let me tell you the tale of a boy and a girl
who did not fall in love at first sight.
She did not want his children the moment they met.
He did not even get her name right.

She did not wait by phones, hoping somehow he’d call.
He did not search the campus for her.
It was only one night; they were not meant to be.
Of this fact, they were perfectly sure.

But life is surprising. The next time they met,
they were struck by love’s lightning; it’s clear.
The arrow of Cupid went straight to their hearts,
and the magic has grown every year.

42 years have passed since the day that they met,
though they’ve only been wed 38.
And while love at first sight never did come their way,
love at second sight turned out just great!

=)

Yes, indeedy. L is for 38 years of married LOVE! I specify "married," because we've actually been joined at the hip for 42 years, including our time at the University of Utah, when we were very much a pair but not yet wed. We met when I was only sixteen. He was two years older. Recently, one of us just hit 60 (he knows who he is), and the other is following close behind. Amazing how quickly the time flies when you're having fun.

One of the great things about being married to Dave is that I AM having fun...much of the time. It's hard to do anything else when you're married to someone who has the energy of a teenager and is about as young at heart as they come. He still loves to play crazy, make-believe games with his grandchildren (just like he did with our kids), and basketball continues to be one of his favorite activities. I'm talking about the down-and-dirty kind of basketball, by the way. No ambling amiably down the court with the other geezers for him. My hunky guy plays all out...cutthroat...with the young-uns.

I admit to being proud of him, and I've never once been sorry that I married him. Even at his most annoying (and don't get me wrong, he can be extremely annoying!), there's always been way more upside than downside with Dave. The truth is that he has filled all of my expectations and more over the years. Best of all, I know he would say the same. (He would also say the same about my ability to annoy him...an art I have perfected to a rather impressive degree.) You see, I like to annoy him. It's my love language. heehee

So HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, Dave! I like you almost as much as the prime rib I'll be eating tonight. And I LOVE you even a little more than the restaurant where we'll be dining. (Which is quite a lot, because I will indeed be indulging in the creamy, whipped cream horseradish AND the flourless chocolate cake.)

xox,
your rapidly aging longstanding ever-lovin' wife.

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37 comments:

Kim said...

Happy Anniversary Sue. What a lovely post.

Ames said...

Oh Sue this was a lovely post! Happy Anniversary! I made it to 25years this month too. Isn't love comfortable!
Merry Christmas!~Ames

Jocelyn Christensen said...

What a fun couple! Happy Anniversary!!

Jo said...

Sue that was wonderful ... Happy Anniversary to the both of you!!!

House Revivals said...

Happy Anniversary! -- we're only twelve years behind you, and I'm guessing it will fly by!
~Amanda

Nancy said...

Happy Anniversary Sue and Dave, If you're going to Lawry's, think of me. BTW, I have their recipe for the horseradish and creamed spinach. Dang..... you guys are making me old!!!

karen said...

Happy Anniversary, Sue and Dave! And many MANY more. I can testify as to what a nice gentleman Dave is. I can also testify to his aggressive basketball style (albeit arcade basketball). You two were definitely meant to be! Love ya -

H said...

Happy anniversary! How brilliant to have been married so many years. Fantastic :)

Robert Brault said...

Dear Sue,
My wife has stopped annoying me. Does this mean she doesn't love me any more? Does just sitting quietly by the hour with one's knitting qualify as a love language?

Concerned in Connecticut

Happy Anniversary, Sue!

Mary said...

Happy Anniversary! Hoping you have 38 more years :-)

Grandma Honey said...

You met when you were 16?? WOWIE. What a love story. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

Em said...

i want to grow up and be just like sue!!! seriously, you're a role model of marriage my friend. cheers to you both!

Tina said...

What a sweet post! Your love for him shines bright and clear! LOL on the annoying thing being your love language...I wrote about them for my L post.

Cary said...

I guess only the best go for a December Wedding! Although my mom was sure we were crazy!! Steve & I will hit 31 years of marriage on the 27th of this month and since you mentioned it, we have known each other for 41 years now! Wow... that's a long time and what a ride! Congrats!!!

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

My parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in October. I pray the same for you, Sue! LOVE this post.

Donna said...

What a great testiment to a long love, Sue!! Your descrition is not so sweet that you can hardly believe it...rather it is happy because life takes the annoyances in balance. That is a love to envy and hold dear....Happy Anniversary!!!!

yaya said...

How wonderful for you both to celebrate something that many people don't seem to be able to grasp...the idea of being together for that long and still being in love! Nice time of the year to have an anniversary, hope your evening is delish too!

Judie said...

Happy Anniversary! You are a unique couple, you know! You set a fine example for young people today, Sue.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Happy anniversary, Sue. That's a very sweet "L" post. I love that it WASN'T love at first sight! xo

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Happy Anniversary Sue & Dave! This was a wonderful tribute to your love.
I am a couple of years behind you as I celebrated 36 years a few months ago.

Janis said...

Happy Anniversary!!! What a beautiful post!

Elizabeth said...

Amazing - happy Anniversary!

paige said...

I adore this post. If only we could all have this!

Cherie said...

Happy Anniversary Sue!!
What a wonderful and fun love story!

Gattina said...

That's amazing I mean meeting at such a young age and staying together ! I was 24 and Mr.G 26 and we are together also for 42 years and married for 41 ! At 16 I was rather a butterfly, lol !

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Congrats on all those wonderful years! It sounds like the he was so worth a second look.

sloan said...

Sue I love your poem - this post is so sweet! Happy Anniversary!!

ღღღ-Mumsy said...

Happy anniversary to both of you! A love like yours is hard to find, and wishing you many more years of happiness.

marisworld said...

Oh Sue, what a beautiful 'letter' to yur husband. It's so refreshing to read happy endings as we're surrounded by so many sad tales these days.
Wishing you both another 38 years to follow just as happy xx

Darlene said...

Happy Anniversary you two. What great people you are. I love you both so much and am so happy that you celebrated at your favorite place to eat. Where the heck was that and what is the name of the place. I'm like Nancy, I didn't know there could be any place as good as Lawry's but obviously you have found it. When we come, I want to go there next time. (We should also get her recipes for the horseradish sauce and the creamed spinach.] That is just the best, with a hint of nutmeg. Oh my gosh, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it. Good poem too, a good tribute to a great husband, father in law, and son in law. I love him too.

My name is PJ. said...

Happy belated anniversary, Sue. I enjoyed the poem very much and I hope the two of you have 38 more years together on this earth. It's possible, you know...... :)

Frosty said...

What a sweet post! Sorry I'm a few days late, happy anniversary!

Splendid Little Stars said...

LOVE IT!!!
I feel a little teary eyed.
And your story is similar to mine in some ways--like no love at first sight thing happening. Been married almost as long as you and we have also perfected the art of annoyance!
Thanks for sharing this!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I love your joyful post! Happy Anniversary!

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Oh how fun! Happy (a little late) anniversary!

Amy said...

Happy Anniversary!!! That is such a sweet post. I am glad that it has been so wonderful and blissful for you.

Jenny said...

Oh beautiful! Happy Anniversary. This was really touching. I'm really looking forward to hitting 25 years with my husband.

You are a gem. I'm so glad you have someone in your life who appreciates things of value.

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