Sunday, 8 February 2009

Day of Days


I apologise for this post, but I just wanted to share this moment with others. You see, it is snowing again - and it snowed on this date (Feb 8th) fifty-one years ago, the day Raymond and I were married. And here we are all these years later, still together, still enjoying each other's love and company as much as we did then - and right now a dish of north atlantic cold-water prawns and a bottle of champagne! I do not recall it snowing on February 8th since the day we were married (1958), until now.

How fortunate it did not snow last year - our Golden Wedding Anniversary - when our three beloved children and nine equally beloved grandchildren organised a surprise celebration for us. So totally unexpected, and all the more so because our daughter and her husband had transformed their shell of a new house that they are building themselves into somewhere to hold such a memorable family gathering. I won't outline all that everyone did, but we were given a specially produced printed photo album that catalogued our life together; such recall of memories and incidents long-forgotten. We fed and drank divinely, every guest was given a hand-made little book of love poems created by our daughter, even the flowers replicated those in my bridal bouquet (blue hyacinths, golden freesias and white narcissi). We partied all weekend; everyone in the family had been involved and my journal of memories written throughout the following week covers pages and pages. It was all so special.

Journals: I have to share with you a very special gift that was made for us by one of our grand-daughters, and as it involves visual storytelling, I am posting it on my other blog for the journalers amongst you who will appreciate 'starting young'.

9 comments:

  1. what an incredible milestone in your life - fifty years and now one more! what a beautiful couple you make as you begin your lives together! Happy Anniversary!

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  2. I have to agree with Jeanne and say what a beautiful photograph - I was touched by your words about your marriage too - lots more happy days for you both and congratulations - now I am going to look on your other blog to see what your grand daughter made for you!

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  3. Thank you so much for your kindness, you have touched me with your words.
    Your Anniversary celebrations are a testament to the love and care that you have both bestowed upon your family and a joy to read about.

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  4. Oh what dimples! Is that one of the reasons you fell in love with this handsome fellow? Congratulations fifty times over for continuing to make each other so very happy for so many years. Marriage is not always easy; it's hard work and then some. Your children are lucky to have your example. Jeanne in Oregon

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  5. Congratulations! How did it get to be 51 already. Seems like 50 was yesterday!!

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  6. Congratulations on such a long and happy marriage. YOur 50th celebration sounds a dream. What a dear daughter to do all that!!

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  7. Thankyou for all your comments - the fifty-one years have not always been easy of course, but we seem to have a happy equilibrium. I must correct one impression I may have given - the celebrations last year involved all the family, unbeknown to us; I would not want the boys to think that their input was not valued. I only wish everyone could actually see the book we were made from old photographs that somehow must have been smuggled out of the house, then sent down to London to one of our sons for scanning and manipulating by our computer-literate son. He also made a huge wall-sized photographic collage that hung on the wall during the evening, and devised and printed the menu shown in the pic above. (Thankyou again, Ian, when you come to read this.)

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