Tuesday, July 13, 2010

25 Years Married, Yesterday. Yikes!

Really? 25 years married to the same guy? I got my oldest boy to go dig out the wedding album. His first comment was, "Wow, I didn't realize you had colour back then", this sent me into a fit of laughter that had him looking at me like I had lost it, and the old folks home was not far off.

No marriage is without it's bumps, but we have worked them out, and our relationship is stronger than when we were all starry eyed and hot to trot. Commitment to each other, and to our marriage has allowed us to grow as a couple and most importantly, has given our boys a stable family life so that they can thrive.

We are starting to think about when the boys leave home, and it will just be the two of us again. Hubby is from PEI and it calls him back all the time. His anniversary gift to me , was a wonderful picture of PEI, you can almost smell the ocean and hear the sea gulls.

I love the island and the people. One of my favorite places is French River. The colours are stunning, as an Alberta born girl, I have a certain fascination with the ocean, especially the shellfish.

What did I get my hubby? An antique "Billy the Kid" pocket knife, that is just too cool. He is very hard to get anything for, because he just goes and buys anything he needs. I also got him a WWII medal and a silver coin.

No big party, just beef stroganoff and caesar salad for supper. I am busy learning how to restore antique furniture, I am trying my hand on a $15 garage sale find. Anyone know what kind of wood this is??

Oh well, have power sander, will grind away! Marriage is a lot like that, keep polishing until you reach the point that you want to apply the sealant. Very rewarding when you work together.


CanadianSense said...

Congrats on the anniversary.

Been to PEI on several business trips and spent one Canada Day in Charlottetown. Kids enjoyed Cavendish beach. Loved the food, after that I can't go to Red Lobster anymore and buy the sampler. I used to stay in B & B.


A general rule of thumb on an antique is to NOT restore it.

The finish (patina) is part of the value.

My wife loves Antique Roadshow on PBS and the experts repeatedly talk about how the restoration in many cases have erased the value.

If you can email the photos to an antique dealer they might be able to give you real insight. Also groups on the web exist that might be very helpful.

Roy Eappen said...

Congratulations and may you have many more years of happiness.

NeilD said...

Congrats on the milestone.
I remember when I was younger getting the family together when my parents celebrated their 25th and thinking about how old they were.

I've had three wonderful years of marriage myself.
Mind you, I've been married 27 years but three of them were wonderful. It was a week here and a week there so we've persevered over the years.
Now I'm hoping my wife doesn't read this.

In all seriousness, with husbands and wives becoming so disposable these days it's comforting to know that there are couples out there who know that they have to work, sometimes very hard, at making a relationship work. The reward is a partner whom you know so well and feel so comfortable with that they become an extension of yourself and vice versa.

West Coast Teddi said...

I can hardly wait for the next 25 years of FNF ... I'm sure that you have a story or 2 from the first 25!!

Congratulations and all the best :)

OddSox said...


When my daughter was small, she believed that anything that happened before she was born was in the "black and white" days before colour was created.

Congratulations on your anniversary.

maryT said...

Congratulations, it is a milestone.
I remember the kids friends at our 25th, and looking at our wedding pics and asking, is that the same man.

MariaS said...

Congratulations Hunter.

You bought some very thoughtful gifts for your lucky husband.
Like CanadianSense said, it is best to keep the antique exactly the way it is.

I learnt a hard lesson. My very first year in Toronto, I bought a beautiful chair from a garage sale which was completely faded and the seat cushion was torn in places. I got rid of the cushion, nailed a plank on top and colored the whole thing black to match with the decor in a part of the corridor where I placed it with some huge shells and stuff. Imagine how I felt some years later when I saw a similar chair, looking as shabby as my chair when I first saw it, in an antiques mag going for over 20K. Once you modernize anything antique, it's no longer an antique.

hunter said...

Thank you everyone! I don't know where the years go, but they have been very good years.

Funny, no lefty trolls today. Guess they have no concept of committed relationships.

Gabby in QC said...

I tried to post here on Tuesday to wish you Happy Anniversary, but somehow I couldn't. My Google account was somehow not kicking in, and I had to try severaal times before getting in this time too

Anyway, all to say ... belated Happy Anniversary, and I'm glad it's a happy "milestone," not a "millstone," for you and your husband. Continued succes to you, your husband. and your family.