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Renewing for 44 more years

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Engagement photo: Larry and Jeanne 1969 (watch out for that hair!)

Every year my dear hubby (DH) and I decide (on our wedding anniversary) if we want to renew the contract for yet another year. He still calls me his first wife. Today marks 44 times we have come to that milestone in our relationship. One would think after 44 years that the routine would get boring and tedious, and that we might have thoughts about NOT renewing yet again.

Well, those folks haven't met my Larry. Larry (my DH of 44 years and several minutes) has always had the ability (sometimes against my best resolve) to make me laugh at what life brings. He sees the humor and has a witty comeback in nearly every situation. He is a "half full" kind of guy while I tend to be more on the pessimistic side (not terribly, but I would see half empty in many situations).

One day while we were having a quiet moment at home, he said, "Good thing Adam's name wasn't Albert."

"WHAT??? Why?" I asked

"Yea," he said. "I would hate to put this book down and say to myself it is time to get up and Albert (instead of up and Adam)"...groan. There have been lots of groans in our lives together, groans I secretly admire. I never know what will come next and I'm always surprised at the way his mind works.

When we had been married only about 3 years (and had the first of our 3 children in diapers), I was teaching school and he was completing his degree. On one occasion, I came home tired and well, irritable, after a particularly difficult day. Our agreement for this time in our lives was that he would fix dinner each night and I would clean up. I was irritated that dinner wasn't at least on the stove, let alone on the table (he got caught up in a particularly interesting book and in playing with the baby--both much more fun than the domestic dinner fixing chore).

I suppose I was less than understanding. I threw a bit of a tizzy-fit that night, scolded him about keeping up his responsibility and then stomped into the bedroom to grade some tests. He took it all in, said little in return, but went straight to work on dinner. It was particularly good that night, and I apologized and thanked him for his efforts. He just smiled.

Later that evening when I was cleaning up and putting away the dishes, a wad of yellow notebook theme paper hit me in the back of the head and fell to the floor. I bent to pick it up and throw it away, but instead I opened up the paper to reveal a short message he had written to me: "Meet me by the refrigerator in 10 minutes. Signed, your secret admirer."

Needless to say, the irritation went away and was replaced (as usual) by laughter. And I DID show up for our date at the refrigerator that night.

Yes, for 44 years now, he has made me laugh through tears and smile through trials. We are both older, out of shape and a little forgetful, but each memory is still sweet.

So Larry, I guess I will renew for another year. Meet me by the rocking chair in 15 minutes. Signed, your biggest fan.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GENRE009 3/11/2014 12:20PM

    Oh gosh you are out of my era, possibly live in the states too. I have a picture where my hair looks like that too. Did you ever do the wing on the side. I was so jealous of my sisters mold on her face near her smile, that at 16 years old I would buy a pencil to copy it. She was very popular, a diva, spoiled, and dressed better than everyone. She ran around with the elite. I was normal, a nerd in the sense that I wasn't ugly but smart. yet when I went to public school finally didn't like the game playing. And that groups suggested who to be friends with. I always did my own thing. I loved all the parties in high school. When I think about those days, I think of the movie American graffiti. Go rent it, and tell me what you think. Where you also in the Beatles club of America? eva

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GIVEUP30 2/5/2014 5:35PM

    emoticon and many more....we just had our 52nd....

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FISHINGLADY66 1/1/2014 5:39PM

    Aren't memories wonderful. Congratulations on your 44 yrs. How wonderful.

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KAYYVAUGHN 1/1/2014 4:28PM

    That is so sweet. What a wonderful marriage. emoticon

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JAZZYGF 9/12/2013 4:47PM

My hubby and I will be 50 next year emoticon
Husbands from the 60's are the best. We do have out moments. Times of crisis, childrens deaths and just life in general.

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LADYRH 7/25/2013 5:09AM

    Sorry I missed this blog earlier, you have a keeper Jeanne.

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IMAVISION 7/2/2013 5:44PM

    This is a delightful Blog! Y'all are so cute in that engagement photograph!

My cherished MrV & I have been married forty-five years as of April 2013 & he, like your Larry, has always been easy going, entertaining, & such a huge blessing from our Creator God.

May the good Lord bless us both with many more years with the men He planned for us to share our lives on planet Earth with!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/17/2013 6:46PM

    What a beautiful story emoticon

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HOLLYM48 6/17/2013 6:41PM

    That is the sweetest love story! Thanks for sharing a beautiful lifetime of love with us for just a few minutes. Many wishes for many more happy years together!

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LAC936 6/17/2013 6:11PM

    Love when love works! emoticon belated, but still heartfelt.

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SUSANNAH31 5/10/2013 10:40PM

    This is a beautiful story! I don't think it gets any better than what you both have together.
Happy anniversary to both of you.


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CHESAKAT41 4/26/2013 11:22AM

    What a beautiful blog - Congratulations on your 44 years of marriage, partnership and love. What a wonderful couple you are wanting to renew each year...Blessings to you both. LI, NY sends you a wave...
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GABY1948 4/26/2013 8:44AM

    What a great guy! And, Oh, how I remember that hair! LOL Congratulations!

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LGAR519 4/26/2013 8:29AM

    Loved the blog! Glad y'all caught each other. Here's to many more years together!!

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NELLJONES 4/26/2013 7:51AM

    Congratulations on 44 years!! emoticon

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--KREN 4/26/2013 7:18AM

    What a guy! I'm glad you let him catch you, lol. Congratulations!


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KAYYVAUGHN 4/26/2013 6:09AM

    Jeanne, that is such a special story. It would be wonderful if more couples had stories like yours to share.

emoticon and many more.

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HONOURIA 4/25/2013 10:41PM

    I have to smile because I graduated from high school in 1970, so this picture is not a surprise.

Your husband sounds quite a catch! You are remarkably fortunate.

This is a wonderful blog and has lifted my spirits.
Thank you!

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NOMIS1 4/25/2013 9:54PM

    Jeanne - what a wonderful blog. You both are very fortunate to have each other. Here's to another 44.

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FISHINGLADY66 4/25/2013 9:28PM

    Congratulations Jeanne on your 44 yrs of happiness. That is so sweet.

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ZEEDRA 4/25/2013 7:27PM

    Oh, Jeanne. What a great blog. Congrats to you and Albert, I mean Larry.

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AVANELL 4/25/2013 7:25PM

    Awww, that's so sweet! emoticon on your 44 years together! What an accomplishment!

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CYND59 4/25/2013 7:11PM

    That is so sweet. Congrats!

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