Wednesday, November 22, 2006

I am still relatively new to the world of blogging, and also have irriating time constraints, so I don't get to visit nearly as many new sites as I would like to, but a surprising thing seems to have emerged from those I do visit..........


There are quite a few people out there who have been happily married for years and are still best friends!


The way marriage is portrayed on TV and the movies (and yes, to be fair, the reality of a 40% divorce rate) have all tended to make Max and I feel like some kind of freaks. How is it possible to have been together for 30 years and still adore each other, and love spending time together? It has been great over the last couple of weeks to read comments on several of my favourite blogs that show we are not as strange as we thought we were! Is it just coincidence that I have happened across the only other "happily marrieds" on the planet, or are we less of a minority than Hollywood would have us believe?


It all started like a Hollywood story though, the instant chemistry, the need to talk all night because we had so much in common (yet were such opposites in many ways) and couldn't bring ourselves to say goodbye, we were engaged within 7 and a half weeks of meeting and married 17 days after that! It was just so right, there were no doubts, in fact the only reason we waited the 17 days was that we didn't have the $10 we needed for a special licence so had to post bans for 2 weeks at the local District Comissioner's Office. 30 years and 2 kids and a grandson later here we are, as happy as ever! But after the experience of Muddy Red Shoes this week, I realise we must remember to consciously treasure each day, and not take a single one for granted.

5 comments:

kirsty said...

Interesting idea - finding your way to bloggers who have similar experiences - hmm, I wonder?
Peter and I met when I was 13 and he was 21. Unlikely as it seems, we were instant best friends. We got married when i was 18 (nearly 24 years ago). We still like each other the best of anyone in the world :)

Deb R said...

I love to read about how people met. That's a great photo! You look so happy! :-)

Terry said...

I'm another. We celebrated our 36th anniversary this week and we're still having a good time together! You look like a great couple. I'm happy to have discovered your blog.

Suzi-k said...

should we all start a "happily married old fogies" club? :) ..... kidding, but good we all recognise that we are strangely blessed, and in the spirit of yesterday's American holiday (hope it was good for you guys!)are deeply thankful for every day we share with our loved ones.
Hi Terry, nice to meet you!

RUTH said...

Popped in and had a look at this post as you'd mentioned it in your comment. It's nice to read HAPPY love stories...you've got to grab it while you can...especially when you've found that someone special. Being friends is so important...may you're love grow stronger each day.