10.13.2014

39 Years and Counting

This week my hubby and I noted our 39th anniversary. 

1975 - Engagement year

As it approached, people asked, "Are you going to do anything special?  What are you going to do?"

The hubs and I discussed it as well.  We decided what we wanted to 'do' was nothing.

We 'do' a lot of stuff already.  He works ten-hour days as a manager; I'm a caretaker for my folks. We have a big house we're always trying to repair, or clean.  We have two cars that need maintenance.  We mow and run errands and take my folks to doctor appointments.  Most nights, we doze off watching the news.  Coming up with something else to 'do' just wasn't appealing.

We decided we'd go get a couple of soft serve ice cream cones and call it a day.

Then, Dad got sick, and things changed.  I took him for his first antibiotic infusion, and the hubs went to bed.  It was fine.  The next day my husband helped my dad take a shower, and then our daughter and I took the folks to Mass.  The hubs came home from the drug store with ten bottles of seltzer water for me (my choice of fluid these days - .99 a bottle), and I made him a pan of brownies.  We gave each other a kiss before I headed out the door to Dad's second infusion appointment.  It was a perfect anniversary weekend.  We didn't have to dress up, or overspend, or even stay awake.

We're moved with the Air Force eight times and raised three children (and a dog.)  We've invested in two weddings and buried four siblings.  We've 'done' a lot already.  In his down time, the hubs plays Angry Birds; in my 'free' time, I write.  And we're content with that.

At the 39-year mark, it's wonderful to have a guy who helps my dad bathe and brings me bottled water.  I pack his lunches and line-dry his L.L. Bean shirts to keep them crisp. These are the things we 'do.'

And it's really enough. 

Happy anniversary, babe.


15 comments:

Christine said...

Happy Anniversary! I get the not wanting to "do" anything to celebrate. Sometimes it just seems like one more thing on my list of things I need to check off. Simply being with each other on the couch after the kids to go bed is perfectly perfect. Of course, I ain't gonna turn down an ice cream cone, though. :)

Andrea said...

Good for you to do what you do!!! ALL that you do!! Happy Anniversary!

Betsy Brock said...

Happy 39 to you!

Aw, that picture is adorable. :)

Sue Elvis said...

Happy Anniversary!I pray there are many blessings ahead for you in the coming year.

SweetMarie said...

Happy Anniversary! You two look so happy in this pic! :) And you are so pretty!!

SweetMarie said...

Happy Anniversary! You two look so happy in this pic! :) And you are so pretty!!

SweetMarie said...

Happy Anniversary! You two look so happy in this pic! :) And you are so pretty!!

betty said...

Happy anniversary! We recently celebrated our anniversary too (34 years). We splurged a bit though this year (I blogged about it)

betty

Mari said...

Happy Anniversary! I think the way you spent it says it all - and it's good!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Happy Anniversary! You are blessed!

Joyce said...

Happy happy Anniversary!

Chatty Crone said...

Happy happy happy anniversary to you - you too looked so very happy - may you have many more!

Jaime said...

Congrats to you & your husband!

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

39 years is great next year will be a milestone but each year we stay with the man we often think about throttling is a good one right........

Rita said...

This is just the sweetest most romantic post!
Happy anniversary!! :)