Fifteen Years

In college I met this gal in the music department. She seemed to get along with my friends.


She and I got along famously. I found her quite irresistible.


When we got married, I was a skinny kid with red, flowing hair. I wore platform shoes with my tux because I was self-conscious about my height. I put on another few inches over the next few years.


I got a dog-in-law. She was a really good rottweiler. We’d like to have another large breed when we have room for it.


I was driving a tricked-out 1983 Honda Civic station wagon. It was the prettiest example of the model. I miss that car.


Obviously, they decorated it for us during the service. Jennifer told me that her dog didn’t like the guys she had dated previously. I didn’t seem to have that problem.


We drove everywhere in that little car. Do you know how long it takes to get from Oklahoma City to Sacramento, then to San Fransisco and into Yosemite? I do. The odometer rolled across the 200,000-mile mark on that trip.


Of course we had our differences and our struggles, but you would have never known it from the outside looking in.


We enjoyed life and had a lot of fun.


And, we were in love.


That was probably pretty obvious though.


For our five-year anniversary, we scrimped and saved and I took her to the swankiest restaurant in town. We got dressed up for the occasion and I had everything planned out in advance. It was prefect.


Sometimes it’s easy to get distracted, but we always tried to keep eyes on each other.


To have fun together, and grow old together.


So we kept having fun together, and we kept growing together.


For our ten-year anniversary we had a private restatement of vows and then had a two-person range session with our rifles.


As of today, we’ve been married for fifteen years. And, what are we doing now?


We’re basically having fun and being goofy together, just like always.


And, it’s getting better all the time.


We have a fifteen-year-old bottle of our favorite wine on the rack (a Spenker Zinvandel), and a package of smoked salmon. Maybe we’ll celebrate low-key this evening.

Happy anniversary, Jennifer! I love you.

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41 thoughts on “Fifteen Years

  1. Meine gute! You used to have HAIR! πŸ˜€

    Congratulations. It’s work, for sure, but so very much worth it. Met my wife in college too, seems to be a good place for that I guess.

    • She’s put up with me, I’ve put up with her… There’s been plenty of perseverance to go around.

      I have since embraced the no-hair lifestyle.

    • I wish you similar success in your future. And Scribbs, the best of us don’t get to keep our hair forever. Just you wait…

      • My family has good hair and long lasting. I think I’m like as not gonna keep it a good long while. Really though, the only reasons I don’t go the shaved route are a. A lumpy head shape, b. I get called a neo nazi enough with hair, and c. I hate being cold.

        • We old guys still have to give you grief though. πŸ˜‰ I wore my hair with a widow’s peak for years. Once I started getting the halo burn though, I decided to finish the job God had started on it.

  2. Congratulations on the 15 year mark. Maybe a low-key celebration, but I am sure with plenty of scheming/planning for the next big activities. Salud!

  3. So happy for you. Enjoyed getting to know you more Thanksgiving and could tell what a happy couple and and how much you love each other. We have had 43 yrs and they just get better. Have a great day.

  4. Happy Anniversary, you crazy kids! I’m so happy for you and I hope that the next fifty-sixty years bring an increasing, exponentially growing amount of bliss…BLISSPLOSION!!!!!

  5. Congratulations! You guys are super and deserve each other in the best way!

    My Jennifer and I are going to have our 12th anniversary day after Christmas.

  6. “To have fun together, and grow old together.”

    More than that, one (or two) cannot ask.

    I wish you both much happiness on the road to forever.

    • Thank you. Too many people grow apart. I know it happens, but how sad is that? We tend to do stuff together, and it makes it easy to grow together.

  7. Bless you both – found you by accident. this is one of the most heartwarming blogs I have ever read. I have also been married for the big 15 and still in love.I only wish more people understood the real joy and sanctity of marriage.

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