But all that seems so very long ago.
Our early days of marriage seem so distant, too. We were the same people then as we are now, but were we? Really? It's amazing how we've changed- our interests, our dreams and goals, the way we like to spend time together, the way we spend money, the things we talk about, and, of course, even the things we argue about.
Sometimes it feels as if we've lived a lifetime already- me flexing from part to full-time and then back to part-time due to the stressors and anxiety of doing social work in a psych hospital (getting bit, having furniture thrown at me, and mourning the loss of a former client who took her own life), the threat of infertility followed by the loss of two babies to ectopic pregnancies, becoming parents and figuring out what that meant for our alone-time (less of it) and our couple-time (pretty non-existent), surgeries, becoming a family of four and then five in the midst of four years without a job while Jamey went back to school full time, moving from a townhouse where we weren't allowed to hang laundry outside to a little farmette with chickens, a garden and no garage (who have we become?!). All those experiences, shared together, have morphed us into different people and into a different couple.
Thankfully, and by the grace of God, we still get along with our morphed selves.
Now imagine. Imagine all that morphing FIVE times over. If you can imagine that, that maybe, just maybe you can imagine what it's been like to be married for 70 years. I can't imagine it. I can't even imagine what Jamey and I will be like after morph number two. I'm afraid my head might explode if I try to. But it can be done and it has been done. I'm so honored to be related to a couple who has blazed such a trail for the rest
of our family.
Happy Anniversary, Grandpa and Grandma.
I am envious, inspired and in awe. You are an amazing breed of pioneers. Thank you for showing us how it's done. Pin It