New Years Day is always special for me. Twenty-four years ago my husband had the foresight to choose January 1st as our wedding day. He thought it was a good idea to pick a date we would not forget. Both of us had been married before and each of us had a child from a previous marriage.
For us, at least, getting married the second time was nothing like the first. Instead of a big wedding, we got married in front of the fireplace at my mother's house. Only family and a couple of really close friends attended. Even the judge was a personal friend of my husband.
Bill and I had been together for 5 1/2 years and were in no hurry to get married again. I had been divorced since my daughter was a year old. Bill and I started dating before my daughter was three years old (his daughter was an adult). By now both of us owned our own homes and life was pretty good.
|Liz, Ian and the Train|
We had a dog, Scruffy, who had been a stray. He was one of those once-in-a-lifetime dogs. More than once Bill suggested that we get married, supposedly so he could have Scruffy. Even the dog got depressed when he went home.
Today is our 24th wedding anniversary! We didn't do anything special because Bill is suffering from a pretty bad cold. I decided to pull out the wedding pictures. Once again I was shocked at the changes over 24 years.
|Julie, Frances, Bill, Kath, Virginia, and Liz|
So I asked my husband whether or not he has any regrets. He says he does not. I can honestly say that both of us are happy with the commitment we made on January 1, 1987.
Given our ages and some health problems we've both experienced along the way, neither of us takes anything for granted. Yet we are grateful -- for each other and the lives we've shared.
I wish all of you a Happy New Year 2011! We'll see where it takes us.
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