Funny, it doesn’t seem like 9 years…

Picture of Anne and Les exchanging vows.

That one moment I'll always remember. Click to embiggen.

… and at the same time it seems like it’s always been this way.

Yesterday was the ninth anniversary of the day my wonderful wife said “I do” and joined me on a journey called marriage. That day nine years ago started off gray and gloomy and it looked like it would rain on our wedding, but — as you can see in the photo to the left — around about the time we got to doing the ceremony the sun came out and shined like it had something to prove. If I were of a religious or superstitious bent I’d call that an omen.

As it turns out, it was definitely a good metaphor for what was to come. We’ve had our fair share of rough patches along the way. Days where things were so cloudy our future together was very much in doubt. We’ve also had days that were so perfect it was hard to believe they were really happening.

As you can probably tell, our wedding wasn’t big or expensive. It was just her, me, a Justice of the Peace, and our immediate family at a small gazebo in downtown Plymouth, Michigan. All the photos of the event were taken by family members. The most expensive part of the event was the dinner afterward which, due to a an unforeseen closure of the restaurant we had planned on eating at, ended up being at a Lone Star Steakhouse. About the only way it could’ve been any less expensive is if we had held a potluck dinner instead. An extravaganza it was not, but it had all the truly important elements and that’s all that really matters. The rest is just fluff.

At least it was good enough to make a bond that’s lasted nine years so far. Almost a decade. In an age where the divorce rate is 50% getting to this point on the first try is almost a rarity. I’m so very proud of the life we’ve built together and I’m looking forward to many more years to come.

15 thoughts on “Funny, it doesn’t seem like 9 years…

  1. Aw. Congrats! DH and I are coming up on our 6 yr anni…but we have been together about 9 (yes, living together 99% of that time).

    We had a hurricane literally the day before the ceremony. I remember our minister asking what we were going to do if the hurricane decided to just plow over since we were married in the park. We lucked out and it blew over the day before and we had a cloudless sky the day of.

    But I did take it as an omen only because when we first met in person (we met in EverQuest) not only did his flight get canceled and he argued to get another flight to me, but as soon as he landed there was a tornado that went over us. πŸ™‚ We have had our share of storms too…and they always blow over without much damage…so I can’t help but think it has to be some kind of fate. πŸ˜›

  2. Congrats! You’re one year and seven days behind my wife and I. πŸ™‚ Yep… We were married on tax day 2000… It’s always easy to remember our anniversary.

  3. Congrats! Such a wonderful and telling photo. You really can see the commitment between you both… lovely!

  4. The six magic words that will keep you together for at least another 9 years: “I’m sorry, dear, it’s my fault.”
    Congratulations! πŸ™‚

    Peace.

  5. A sincere and heartfelt wish from your Dad and I that the magic that has brought you two together will continue in the years to come. Love Mom

  6. Congratulations Les, Marriage is a unique institution of people. It’s more than a partnership. I have been married for almost 35 years. We were married in Las Vegas at 2am in the Clark County Courthouse.

  7. Nice work Les! I hope to make it to 9, but I still have some time. It sounded like you got what you wanted at your wedding and that is what matters.

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