34 and Counting


On Saturday, Kathy and I celebrated our 34 wedding anniversary.  I find it hard to believe that it has been that long.  It sure doesn’t seem it.  To celebrate, we decided to go out for dinner on Friday since Saturday is church day and we usually dine at the exclusive Burger King with some friends after Mass.

Friday we were both hungry for some French food.  After some discussion, we decided to go to one of our favorite places to eat.  It is not exactly a French restaurant, but they did have what we craved.  We went to Perkins where we each had Ooh-La-La French Toast.  Now I ask you, does cuisine get more French than that?  It really was delicious and just what we were both in the mood for.

This is just a little side trip from what I really wanted to write about today.  I was thinking back to 34 years ago and how our wedding went.  I admit that some people, Kathy included< weren’t sure I would be there for the ceremony.  It is not because I didn’t love her – I did and still do.  It was because I was sick.

Both Kathy and I decided to just take a personal day on Friday and Monday since both of us were teachers.  Well, Monday I woke up with a cold.  I couldn’t breathe and felt rotten. I decided to stay home from school.  I spent the day curled up on the sofa drinking plenty of liquids and taking aspirin for the aches.  I went to bed early hoping a good night’s sleep would have me feeling better Tuesday.  It didn’t.

I decided to stay home on Tuesday as well.  I had to be better for Saturday.  Tuesday was a repeat of Monday.  I knew that I had to go into school on Wednesday or else I wold need a doctor’s excuse.  I didn’t want to go to the doctor.

Wednesday I did go to school.  Of course I took a lot of ribbing from my colleagues about getting cold feet or just staying home to get ready for the wedding.  I somehow made it through the day, but felt lousy.  So, I stayed home on Thursday as well.  Since I went to school on Wednesday I knew I wouldn’t need an excuse because I already had Friday and Monday off as personal days.

Friday I did start to feel better and by Saturday morning I was fine which is good since my friend and i were up at 6:00 to decorate the cars.  I did make it to the wedding.


Now, her we are 34 years later, older and grayer (at least me) and still extremely happy.



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23 responses to “34 and Counting

  1. Congratulations on your wedding anniversary. I loved the suspense of finding out how you managed to make it to the wedding day, even though you felt sick. Thank you for sharing your photographs. The head tilt is so sweet. I wish you many more happy days.

  2. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story. I loved how you spent your evening -dinner where you wanted. So important that you still know what you want and are happy after all these years!

  3. So sweet. Happy Anniversary! Funny how you remember those days leading up the wedding. Glad you made it. 🙂

  4. Congratulations to the both of you. Longevity of this sort is coming harder and harder to come by. Glad you made that first day to get it started and here’s to many. many more days ahead.

  5. Terje

    Happy Anniversary! Thank you for sharing the story. I know you were worried at the time but it is kind of sweet to look back and to know everything worked out fine. Wishing you both health and love for years and years.

  6. The years do fly by. Great story, only teachers from our time know about needing drs. notes to prove we were sick. Extremely happy, after all those years… congrats!

  7. Wonderful story, B!

    Congratulations on 34 wonderful years together! I hope there are many more to come!

  8. Congratulations on 34 years! Here’s to many, many more wonderful ones.

  9. Judy C.

    Congrats are truly in order – 34 years! Even though you had a tough week before the wedding, you made to the altar and have made many memories over the years and praying that you will have many more! Love your French food – my kinda dining! Thanks for the story and pics.

  10. A true love story! You certainly know how to make an event memorable! I’m still laughing as I think of your French dinner. 🙂

  11. Congratulations and bravo! And you found a way to celebrate in style! 🙂

  12. Congratulations! Although the week before your wedding wasn’t war you had planned or expected, it made for a much better story 34 years later.

  13. Jaana

    Congratulations and continued good health for you both!

  14. Congratulations! Thanks for sharing the story. May many more happy years come your way.

  15. Congratulations-34 years is a long time, & love the suspense of the illness that week-happy that you made it! Love the pictures-you both look great!

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