Richard and I just celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary. That was a bitter-sweet realization for me. It was sweet to think that we’d held our marriage together (with the help of a lot of love and duct tape) for 37 years. The bitter part was when I realized I’d been married for thirrrrrty-sevvvven years. That’s a lonnnnng time.
But looking back over that many years, I would say our greatest accomplishments had to do with family. Five adult children (2 from Richard’s previous marriage and 3 of our own), 9 grandchildren (ranging in ages from 22 months to 18 years). Except for our oldest son and our oldest granddaughter (who live in California and Central Florida, respectfully,) we have our entire family within seven miles of our house.
I remember being a young mother and having a hard time finding a babysitter when I needed one. It makes me very happy to have my little munchkins around me for two reasons: I’m glad to know that their mom and/or dad can do something for themselves and not worry about their kids. The second reason is I spend most of my time laughing at the antics these little people come up with. They are so much smarter than me. They give me a run for my money.
Granted, I collapse in my recliner as soon as they leave, but I wouldn’t trade a minute of it.
How about you? How long have you been married or single? What is the highlight of that marriage or the time you’ve been single? Would you change any of it?