Wednesday, 29. September 2010
It wasn’t until after I got married that anniversary’s started registering with me. In August The Hansen’s celebrated their 10th! anniversary. Seems like just yesterday that we were sitting outside enjoying Alissa walking down the aisle in a Vikings hat, when a topless woman walked by. Only in Eugene, I guess. Then we danced the night away while Amy Longeteig demanded to take charge of the music selection.
Speaking of those Longeteig’s tricks, they’ll celebrate their 7th! anniversary next month. Wasn’t it just yesterday that the crew invaded York, Maine and did things that I can not even speak of on this blog (Jerry Elmore, I’m pretty sure you have signed a confidentiality agreement, so zip it).
Yes, time does seem to fly by as you get older, so maybe those 10 years flew by. But when you think about marriage, and the day-in and day-out commitment that you’re making to another person, it’s pretty impressive to think about 10 years of highs and lows. A lot of people give up. Sometimes the low parts become overwhelming. Sometimes it’s easier to walk away than to grind it out. Sometimes, it simply just doesn’t work out despite trying.
Which brings me to my beloved parents, Bobbi and Art, who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary yesterday. Considering my mom is a smoker, and thinks cracking the window an inch in the car equates to rolling it all the way down, this is a huge, huge accomplishment. I know for a fact that there were highs and lows because I was there. They had a mesh of kids to deal with, who all brought some kind of drama and stress. More stress than maybe we even know. They managed full-time jobs with soccer practice, football practice, lunch money, car payments, weddings, and most definitely a constant theme of “I want” or “I need”.
But, they made it through everything. And now they’re retired enjoying whatever it is that old people do when they retire (play Family Feud on Facebook?). They fight like cats and dogs, yet I think they are best friends. They are two peas in a pod who would be lost without each other. They enjoy all of the same hobbies, and therefore truly have fun together. I think they have more fun when they win money in Tahoe. Although, I think when one of them wins they hide it from the other so that they can have a super secret stash without sharing. I think super secret stashes are the key to any happy marriage. Just ask Laef.
ANYWAY, I am truly so happy for them and completely in awe of the 25-year mark.
To celebrate this event, my mom has decided to take all of the kids and the grandchildren on a cruise. Why on Earth she would subject herself to the chaos that is about to ensue to celebrate HER special milestone is beyond me. But, I can tell you this: chaos or not, we are a fun bunch to celebrate with!