Well it's our 31st or 32nd anniversary this year. I suppose I could Google it to see which it is but I'm too lazy to bother. I used to remember by picturing the wedding matchbook in my head. Back in the day, each of the wedding place settings had a matchbook with the date embossed on the front. But after all these years the memory has blurred and faded just like my sanity.
We're past the crystal and silver anniversaries. I'm pretty sure this year is wood, so I'm going to give my wife some wood for our anniversary. Then again, I'm pretty sure it's the wood anniversary every year and I haven't been right yet. The next big anniversary is the 35th. The gift for that anniversary is Jade. After all these years I'm jaded enough for the both of us so I'm just going to give her myself, and some wood.
|The wife's car at the time of wedding|
|My car at the time of the wedding|
After 5 years, things are still good. After 10 years, it's getting a little stale. After 15 years, the Oscar Wilde quote comes to mind "Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same." The wife and I were actually very happy for 17 years, and then we met.
When you're married this long you learn a lot of stuff. For instance, one of the keys to a good marriage is compromise. As in now and then the husband has to compromise his pride and self respect and purposely lose an argument to have any chance of getting some tail that night.
Of course communication is another key element to a successful marriage. The marriage gurus call it "open communication" but as a practical matter it's really more like "constant communication". Back when we first got married, wives could only
They say marriage is a two way street. It is, with you and the wife in separate cars headed toward each other at 90 mile per hour. Most of the time someone chickens out, but every once in while there's a huge head on crash. When they say it's is all about give and take, they mean it's like a tug of war. Marriage is hell and there are just a lot of flowery adages to make it sound nicer. When you both make it past the point of being too tired to keep up the battle of wills, you can actually relax, appreciate each other, have a good time and enjoy your "golden years" together. On the downside, I'm pretty sure the term golden years means that you're so old you're wearing Depends.