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Still saying ‘I do’

It’s a big day.

Twenty years ago today, Basil and I each ran through the pelting raindrops in our special outfits to say “I do.”

This is what we looked like then:

Neither of us plays piano, but it was a prop worth exploiting in the atrium of the Hyatt Regency, Old Greenwich. That goodness we rented it for photos; it poured rain all day. Showers of happiness, everyone assured us.

Neither of us plays piano, but it was a prop worth exploiting in the atrium of the Hyatt Regency, Old Greenwich. Thank goodness we rented the place for photos; it poured all day. Showers of happiness, everyone assured us. Photo by C. Christopher Semmes

I don’t know where the time went, or how we managed to hang on in the face of, well, all the crazy things life throws at everyone.

I do know he got the short end of the stick. Living with me is no picnic! Still, he manages to keep a smile on his face (beer helps), supports even my most hare-brained schemes and plans, and goes with the flow, even if I’m melting down.

Thank goodness we both have a sense of humor and the wherewithal to rely on it in even the darkest or most frustrating times.

We’ve managed to weather parenthood; purchasing and maintaining a house; several hundred car payments; the preparation and cleanup of thousands of  meals (some even edible); a few painting projects; the packing and unpacking of heaven-knows-how-many moving boxes; quite a few lawn improvement projects (I still dream about yanking out those beds of pachysandra); various illnesses — some quite serious; tussles over my inability to balance a checkbook (or properly do any math); and the never-ending games of “reorganize the kitchen cabinets when Terri isn’t looking” and “THIS is where the thermostat belongs.”

And now we’re navigating Basil’s “retirement” while I work from home … with Catherine’s college on the horizon.

I don’t know about you, but I see a lot more laughs in our future, especially if we want to keep from crying. 😉

Happy anniversary, honey; thanks for being the best part of me.

About Terri S. Vanech

Wife, mother, communications specialist, Jazzercise instructor and recently reunited adoptee. I'm living out loud -- and trying to make it all work -- in midlife. Having a sense of humor sure helps.


12 thoughts on “Still saying ‘I do’

  1. I still think humor is one of the key’s to marriage. Without it, life is very boring!

    Posted by Vague | September 15, 2013, 3:02 pm
  2. Happy Anniversary!
    Just followed you via Blogloving Blog Hop.
    Hope you follow back 🙂 Happy Thursday!

    Posted by yonca | September 5, 2013, 10:04 am
  3. Happy anniversary! A sense of humor – excellent ingredient to a lasting marriage. Great post!

    Posted by www.bluebirdsalwaysfly.wordpress.com | September 5, 2013, 9:23 am
  4. Terri……Happy Anniversay to you and Basil. We have two things in common. Angela and I are also celebrating our anniversary today…..25yrs for us. Your wrote in the caption of the picture that it poured on your wedding day. Well it poured on ours as well. No pics outside…all indoors as well. Much happiness to you and Basil.

    Posted by Mike Colaluca | September 4, 2013, 11:44 am
  5. Glad you didn’t have the opportunity to break out into a song..

    Posted by John Pontillo | September 4, 2013, 11:33 am
  6. Happy Anniversary to you two newlyweds! Here’s to many more years of happiness — or tolerance, whichever is appropriate.

    Posted by Karen Waggoner | September 4, 2013, 9:57 am

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