Monday, April 11, 2011

Fourteen Years and Counting

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Today is our fourteenth wedding anniversary. On Saturday, we picked out cards for each other at Target. Anniversary cards are especially hard for me to select. Do you go with the funny? Do you reach for the sincere? Where is the card that says, "I am equally amused by and enamored with you," and could it have a chimpanzee on it? 'Cause I like cards with chimpanzees.

As I type this, there are two squirrels on the tree outside, chasing each other round and round the bark of one of our trees, creating quite a distraction as I try to write. I don't think they are married yet, because it's 2:47 in the afternoon. Married squirrels usually chase at night, on the weekend, when the baby squirrels fall asleep early and there's nothing on TV. Sigh.

Today, I searched the Internets for a quote I remember liking from Garrison Keillor on marriage. He said, "In general, the rules for marriage are similar to the rules for being in a lifeboat on the open ocean: don't crowd each other, no sudden moves, and keep all disastrous thoughts to yourself. "

It's pretty sound advice, I think. I may pass it on to the squirrels outside who have made their way to the lawn and, in the process, transfixed Lucy who can't help but dream of what squirrel tastes like. They seem as if they have no plan at all beyond the chasing. I should help them.

If I added my own advice to Garrison's it would be to pass the time on that lifeboat by doing an awful lot of talking, listening, and encouraging each other. Hold hands. Don't force the other one to play games to pass the time, because he doesn't like to play games, he really doesn't, no matter how many times you ask. Oh, and one more thing: wear sunscreen.

The squirrels have disappeared, Lucy has settled back down into the seat cushion beside me, and I am off to celebrate fourteen amazing years with my best friend. You know, right after I print off this blog post and staple it to the tree. You're welcome, squirrels.

13 comments:

Mia said...

Happy Anniversary!

Becky said...

I love this picture of you two. You both look so happy and content in each others arms. Happy Anniversary- to two people who could not be more perfect for each other!

Lindy-Lou said...

I love the picture. And I love you and the two of you and I hope this day is a happy one for all of you. Thanks for creating such a warm, secure home for those two precious boys.

Jesse C said...

You guys are great (and inspirational.) Happy anniversary!

p.s. Thanks for the advice, I'm sure the squirrels are grateful as well.

kami @ nobiggie.net said...

Happy Anniversh you two lovebirds! 14?! We have #12 next month.

What a special thing.

Ginnie said...

Happy Anniversary! the two of you make a beautiful couple!

Leslie said...

Happy Anniversary! I love you two! You couldn't be more perfect for each other! ... I just wish you lived closer (like next door).

Sarah Von said...

Gosh, but you two are adorable! Happy Anniversary!

Aimee said...

That is a long time to love each other well. You guys seem very happy and genuine with each other. Happy Anniversary.

Lovely quote - hope you don't mind if I share.

Angie said...

Happy Anniversary! You two are my marriage role models. And thanks for a little Garrison.

Kim said...

Happy anniversary to the both of you! Hope you end up chasing each other in the yard tonight. wink

littlegypsy. said...

great looking couple! happy anniversary!

buddens said...

happy anniversary!

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