Monday, October 15, 2012

The Anniversary Waltz

I met him in February of 1968, it was just before his 28th birthday. I had just turned 19. He was tall and handsome, he had an easy laugh and his eyes were alive with compassion. It was a blind date that could have turned out either way for both of us. My pal Pat had kept insisting that I met her beau's shipmate. When I finally gave in it turned out to be an adventure neither one of us would ever regret.
He was in MineLant at the time. Their motto was "Iron Men on Wooden Ships". That was not only a catchy motto, it was what the kids today would term "hot". He already had ten years in the Navy. I was still trying to find out who I was and what I wanted to be. If that sounds a bit "hippyish", remember, it was 1968. You do the math.
 
The 60's were turbulent times filled with excitement and misgivings, violence and great heroics.  Men were still going to war, even as today.  I knew the day would come when the ship would no longer be sitting port side.  And so it was.

The ship went to sea soon after we met and there was much exchanging of letters and dreams between us. On his return Stateside, we discovered that the attraction was still as strong. He proposed, I accepted. I can hardly believe that it was 44 years ago October 15. It seems like yesterday, but then I can hardly keep up with time the way it flies by. No marriage is perfect, I've heard it said. But ours has come pretty darned close. During our marriage we have traveled the world and seen the sites.  We reared our children to be bold and honest, with themselves and others.  All in all it has been a great success, wouldn't you agree?     So, to Mac...my beloved...I love you every bit as much as I did the night we married...no, that's wrong. I love you so much more for so many reasons it would take 44 more years to tell you exactly what they are.  So, Happy Anniversary....you still make me laugh and cry, so all in all it has been quite a dance.  Here's to another 44 years if you think you can handle it!

20 comments:

Jeni said...

And, a right handsome pair you two were then as you still are today. Happy Anniversary and may you have many, many more!

Lee said...

Wow, what a great story! Happy Anniversary you two! Hope you do get that 44 extra years and maybe even more!

Love,
Lee

the fly in the web said...

Happy Anniversary...and many more.

Donna said...

Awwww...Happy Anniversary to you two!
Love the photos!!
hughugs

Maggie May said...

Happy Anniversary. You make a very handsome pair!
Ours will be 49th in Dec.I keep hoping we make 50th.
Maggie X

Nuts in May

Pondside said...

A very Happy Anniversary to the pair of you. We share an anniversary month and we both fell for a gorgeous fella in a uniform. I love that you are unafraid to say that your marriage has been pretty darn close to perfect, because that's how I feel too. One of the best things for a good marriage is other good marriages, and I'm glad to know about yours!

Vee said...

Happy Anniversary! Hope that you two have some fun plans in the works. It's fun to add memories to the album that you already have of them.

lailani said...

I discovered something reading this: I choke up at happy anniversary stories as I do at weddings!

Happy Anniversary Sandi!!

ancient one said...

Happy Anniversary!!

Akelamalu said...

Oh a true love story!

Many, many congratulations on your anniversary and I wish you many more!

Finding Pam said...

That is such a beautiful story. Happy anniversary.

Hilary said...

Aww what a sweet post. Happy Anniversary to the two of you. Wising you many, many more.

Suldog said...

44 years? Wow! Congrats!

Debbie Lo said...

I love hearing stories like these!! So special!

Happy Anniversary to you and Mac, and many more!

Sandy said...

Happy Anniversary, Sandi & Mac. How romantic is that story? Made me sigh. Wishing you another 44 years to that waltz music. Hugs.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

I'm a little late for the anniversary...but send my wishes anyhow. What a neat love story!

cheshire wife said...

Many congratulations!

natalie nessi said...

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natalie nessi said...

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Liz said...

That is a really sweet story, happy anniversary!