Thursday, June 6, 2013

25th Wedding Anniversary!

6/6/88 - we thought that was a cool date; still is, because both of us can remember it. We're not ones to make a big to-do about our wedding anniversaries but we are proud of this one, and we would have loved to celebrate.

Ironically we have created such busy lives for ourselves that, no matter how we've tried to rejigger this day, there isn't even time for a celebratory lunch. And that does make me sad. But alas, that is the way life is. I simply have too much work at work, and in the evening there's graduation at our son's school which he and I have to attend, and our daughter has another end-of-school-year celebration, so there won't be a family dinner outing either. We would have loved to do a short cruise with the kids, but summer school starts right after school ends, so that won't happen either. I think we have to come up with a cruise later in the summer, even if not all the kids can come along - our summer is challenging this year schedule-wise - but somehow, this achievement of 25 years of happy marriage has to be celebrated! Suggestions welcome...

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  1. My dad was in the US Air Force and my husband is a construction director, so having Daddy "home" for any given birthday, anniversary, Mother's/Father's Day, etc. just wasn't going to happen.

    Add the dearth of communication options in the 1960s (anyone else remember asking the operator to start a long-distance call and ring back when the connection was made?) and our family came up with the tradition of "The Twelve Days of Birthday" (or other milestone event) long ago.

    That covered the weekend before or after the event, made the inevitable delayed package delivery from Stateside less of a big deal, and let us have a birthday lunch at school, a party on Saturday, and big dinner whenever Daddy got there.

    Sometimes, we'd wind up with several celebrations at one dinner when my dad finally returned from a weeks-long mission or months of TDY (temporary duty assignment), but the thought was there - and that's what counted.

    So extend your wonderful 25-year anniversary to several days and enjoy every different opportunity to celebrate together!! (and congrats!)

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    1. Katy - thanks for sharing your family tradition of dealing with absent dads. It sounds like you all handled it in the best possible way!

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  2. A very Happy Anniversary, Annette. Maybe you can find another day in the next week or so for that lunch or dinner out for the two of you. Hope so!

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    1. Nancy - thanks, and we shall find the time to properly celebrate some day soon!

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  3. Plan a trip! Something out of the ordinary.

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    1. Sara - yes, I was actually looking at some cruise options inbetween stuff today...

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  4. Congratulations. 25 years is definitely something to celebrate!! Life is busy, but you need to find the time and celebrate this achievement. Wishing you many more years.

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  5. Happy Anniversary! My husband and I used to take a trip around the time of our anniversary. However, after becoming parents it was more difficult because it became the end of the school year for our kids. This year my husband was in NY for our anniversary and I couldn't go with him. Right now he's in Nova Scotia. I made him promise that when he returned we would take one day to do an anniversary hike or a bike ride. We don't need big celebrations, but we do like to find some way to mark the event.

    Love the photo.

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    1. Julie - agreed! June anniversaries are indeed tough once you have kids in school. We've never celebrated our anniversary much but with the 25th we feel we do need to do something special.

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  6. Congrats Annette! And thanks for sharing your photo - you both have such exuberant smiles! 25 years is a huge achievement. Don't know what to suggest about making time...but sometimes it is fun to celebrate an anniversary by going back to one of the dives you may have frequented when you first met as students...young, broke, and in love :)

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    1. Steph - thanks! Visiting old haunts is a great idea except that ours are back in Munich, so a trip there would take even more time. We do have a few haunts here though, when we were newlyweds and indeed short on cash!

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