24 years ago today

Hubby and I walked into the registry office and said
‘I do. He does. Where do we sign?’
Actually, it was a smashing day, recently documented in my trilogy of posts about My Wedding.
anniversaryI managed to buy a card without him knowing as last year was the first that I hadn’t given him one, and he had got one for me. I felt awful!

It’s surprising though the number of people we know who don’t ‘do anniversaries’ anymore, either for themselves or anyone else.
Gone are the days when you had a pretty decent selection of any greetings or occasion card for a few bob. One of the reasons I started making my own was because I could find a lovely card with a naff verse, or a beautiful verse in an awful card. I used to write my own verses too, nothing too flashy or trite, but a well meant message on a personal level for the recipient.

When I got my box out last week, I was tempted to make one for Hubby for today. However, as he was sitting directly opposite me as I worked, it would defeat the object of surprise.
So on Friday, on the way to buying a pizza for lunch whilst Hubby was collecting the car, I popped into the card shop next door and browsed.
ouchLike everything else these days, cards have become too commercialised and expensive, having lost the meaning and purpose of whatever the celebration.
It all appears so sterile and impersonal, these mass produced fold-over pieces of paper.
Or maybe I’m just cynical.

Anyway, today we celebrate 24 years of married life.
We’ve had our ups and downs, we’ve seen changes and made mistakes, but we have grown together as a couple, not apart as married individuals.
We’re happy, and we remember the important things, like saying ‘I love you’ to each other every day, a hand held here, a little peck there, and small hugs for no apparent reason.
Hubby gave me a lovely card but couldn’t afford to buy me flowers, so he picked this on his walk with the dog this morning.

anniversary flowerHappy Anniversary Hubby.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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14 Responses to 24 years ago today

  1. scifihammy says:

    Happy Anniversary! And congratulations on 24 years together. 🙂 It takes compromise and communication to keep going. And I know exactly what you mean about the cards for sale these days.

  2. Happy Anniversary! I hope you have a great day, and many, many more years together!

  3. Happy day to you both! What a wonderful achievement thus far. Twenty-four years is an effort and a half.
    And I’m with you on the card frustration. The only store bought cards I admire are like small pieces of 3D art, but have the price tag to make them nearly unthinkable to buy. They’re certainly not something you’d recycle soon after getting.
    That flower is a true beauty. Hope it lasts and provides long-lasting spring memories.

    • Thanks Shelley. I make a few tiered cards, but they cost the earth to post as they’re too fat for the standard postage fee. I’m getting round it by only using two layers on the front and using the little bits as relief on the blank inside (or hand delivery!).

  4. The flowers picked (with or without permission) from a neighboring property are the best. Anyone can go to a store and buy flowers, but finding one on a walk – and then thinking to pick it instead of just look at it – is special.

    Congratulations on your 24th anniversary!

  5. Capt Jill says:

    I know what you mean about the cards. I have a hard time keeping up with my email, not even going to write a REAL letter!
    I do remember my grandmother tho, she would remember EVERY holiday and send a nice card and note to everybody on every holiday (before emails)! It was always so nice to open the mail and get one.

    • Thanks.
      It’s one of the things I miss, getting cards in the post. Your Grandmother and I could be related in a letter-life, as I always used to remember every family member’s birthday and anniversary.
      We get very few cards for birthdays, even fewer for an anniversary, but we are inundated (10+ ) at Christmas! Email greetings are OK, but it’s not the same. 🙂

  6. We congratulate you, my wife and I of 51 years of supreme wedded bliss… “In your dreams, buster!” she says. Kidding. I enjoyed your piece. If you look back at our blog at the 50 mark, you’ll see some pretty good-looking happy types who got married at ages 20 and 22 (10-12-63). We have grown in sickness and in health–and along with our grandchildren. THAT is the delight. For example, yesterday we visited the new home of our newlywed granddaughter. She’s 29! And what fun we had. Not everyone can do that today. There might even be a great-grand… Wow!

    • Wow, we are novices compared to you and your good lady! Congratulations by the bucketload to you both. We don’t have kids, but have nine ‘great nephews and nieces, and on Christmas Day 2013 my great niece gave birth to a boy, making my Mum a great great grandmother, and me a great great aunty, so we have five living generations now. Will check out your 50 post.

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