Friday, September 07, 2007

Sweet Sixteen

Sixteen years ago today, a 23 year old guy and a 22 year old gal got married.

He still had a retainer and she was still a size 6. They had no gray hairs, no wrinkles, no stretch marks. They also had no money and several people thought they were too young to get married. The bride's two grandmothers actually encouraged the couple to live together for a while before tying the knot. The groom's mother? She was quite unhappy when her son called to let her know he was engaged, but that probably had nothing to do with the groom's age.

But the bride and groom looked deep within their hearts. They knew this wasn't a passing fancy. They were both children of divorce, so they knew the odds, and they were determined to beat them. They spent months discussing every possible scenario, from their thoughts on children (at least two, possibly more) all the way to the end of life to what kind of funerals they wanted. They didn't focus on the one day, with the ceremony and the party and the silly overpriced accouterments that are deemed necessary for a proper wedding. They looked beyond, to the next week and the next month and the next fifty, sixty, seventy years. If the marriage contract could have been notarized with their blood and sealed with their souls, they would have done so. In effect, they did.

Happy anniversary Pete. Thanks for putting up with my shit for so many years. And in exchange, I grant you a lifetime of weekend beers and smelly salsa and I won't complain (too much) about your burps and farts.

12 comments:

TX Poppet said...

Happy Anniversary!

The Guider said...

Aww, so sweet!

Happy Anniversary to you.

erin said...

Happy anniversary!

Bunny Bunster said...

It goes by fast, doesn't it?
Happy Anniversary! We just celebrated 19 years. (and I USED to be a size 5.........sigh)

MizMell said...

It's like a fairy tale (except for the burps, farts and beer).

Happy Working Mom said...

Happy Anniversary!

We were 21 when we got married...people definitely didn't understand it and kept telling us we were too young. Hubby's take on it? If you know that the person is "the one," then why on earth would you spend another second NOT married?

Suzanne said...

Happy, happy aniversary to you both!

Here's to the next 16 and beyond!

(In which Pete will never have a motorcycle, but will continue to make the perfect Rum & Cokes, and co-parent your wonderful children and love you as much as you love him.)

Thanks for giving me hope!

Marijean said...

Just darling. Congratulations. I was just a teen when I got married so I've got you beat there! What a lovely couple you are.

Josie said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!

So sorry I am late in congratulating you. I think you guys have an awesome realtionship (all info from what I trolled thru and read) and be damned the naysayers:)

Hope you had a wonderful day and again, congrats:)

Lori Anderson Designs said...

I am so sorry I wasn't there. I remember getting the invitation while I was in Korea and being so bummed for ME but happy for YOU! I hope to be there to dance at your 50th anniversary!

Rebecca said...

Happy Anniversary! Great to see you are as happy now as you looked back then!

Linda and her Surroundings said...

Lots of people marry at 30+ and are too young whilst others marry at 18 and are still married 60 years later. Being focused, kind, forgiving and wanting to work at marriage all goes into it. And, wearing a wedding dress with puffy sleeves - is that perhaps the true secret to a long marriage? Happy Anniversary. Being married is a good thing.