I FLIP THROUGH THE PAGES of the photo album looking at the faces. Young. Smiling. Happy.
Thirty-six years have passed since those formal portraits were taken on my wedding day. It seems so long ago, 1982. We were just 25 then, Randy and I. But as anyone who’s now in their sixties knows, time has a way of flying. It’s not just a saying. It’s the truth.
Tomorrow soon becomes yesterday and all of a sudden you aren’t that newlywed on the cusp of life but rather that married nearly four decades couple entering the golden years of life.
I would be lying if I said married life is fairy tale perfect. Maybe in the fantasy world of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. But not in real life. We’ve faced many challenges from health to personal and family issues to injuries and accidents and deaths of loved ones. We’ve managed tight budgets and long hours of hard work and even survived many home improvement projects. And we’ve come through on the other side stronger, more appreciative of each other and maybe even better people for having endured difficulties.
Recently, Randy informed me he’s a legend. I laughed, said I would need to treat him with a higher respect. He’d been dubbed a “legend” by a customer referred to my automotive machinist husband as an expert in his field. He is. Randy is really really smart about all things automotive. And with something like 40 years of experience, he rates as a legend. I don’t know what his customers will do when he retires in a few years. I don’t care, frankly.
Life isn’t all about work. It’s about finding time for each other and those you love. And those we love has now expanded to include our two-year-old granddaughter. I love watching my husband in his relatively new role as Grandpa to Isabelle. There’s such sweetness and tenderness in the moments they share whether reading a book or crawling around on the floor pulling Brio trains.
Thirty-six years ago I didn’t see beyond the front of the church and the face of my groom on our wedding day. I saw only the man I loved. And still love, all these decades later.
© Copyright 2018 Audrey Kletscher Helbling
Thank you kindly.
Sweet tribute to your wonderful husband. He is a legend it many ways and I am so happy that you are together through thick and thin. That’s what it is all about, isn’ t it?
Yes, through the joys and the trials. I’m thankful we’re a team.
Happy Anniversary! Best wishes for many more years of blessings beyond measure!
Thank you, Lynne. I like that “blessings beyond measure.”
Hi Audrey. Happy Anniversary!! Friends and family call me Ginger. Although at 78 years old that seems like such a young name for such an old fogie, don’cha think?!
I am not a blogger myself, but I do follow a group of terrific bloggers, now including you. I’ve read your comments on Almostiowa and began reading through some of your previous posts. You sure have a way with words!!
Hubby and I made the plunge on Oct. 1, 1961. Yeah….long ago. And you’re right about how the years fly by. But we’re still here to see them fly!! Our marriage has seen the good, the bad and the ugly, and we managed to survive.
This post was a beautiful tribute to the love of your life and to your life together.
Looking forward to future posts!
🔹 Ginger 🔹
Welcome to Minnesota Prairie Roots via Almost Iowa. (I love Greg’s writing.) It’s great to have you here, Ginger. I bet the name suits you.
Congratulations on your almost 57 years of marriage. That is terrific.
Happy Anniversary Audrey. I love your wedding photo…it does declare the 80’s. Congratulations on 36 years…definitely worth celebrating. We rejoice with you.
Thank you. Yes, definitely 80s, especially with those oversized eyeglasses and all that lace.
That was beautiful. Happy Anniversary and Congratulations to you both!
Thank you so much.
Blessings for 36 more!! (love the glasses!)
Thank you. Those glasses are really something…
Happy Anniversary 🙂 I have to agree in that time flies especially when you are having fun and are alongside your best friend and soul mate. Love is ever changing and ever expanding too. My parents will be celebrating 50 years next year – just blows my mind! Happy Day – Enjoy
You say it well. Congrats to your parents on soon-to-be 50 years as husband and wife.
Happy Anniversary!!! Love the wedding picture, you were a pretty bride. this is a great post, thank you for sharing your memory. May you enjoy many more years together.
Thank you for your sweet words, Judy. I can’t believe that I actually looked that young at one time… At nearly age 26, I was actually considered “old” for getting married.
Happy Anniversary and loved the last two lines of the posting-so sweet and 36 years does go by fast when you start reflecting back
You know with 50 years (right?) of marriage.
Hope you had a blessed anniversary and enjoy many more. I had to reply because I was struck by your resemblance to your mother, as I remember her. All the best, Laurine Jannusch.
Thank you, Laurine. I agree. I look a lot like my mom.
Congratulations 🎈 marriage sure isn’t what you expect on your wedding day but it’s worth working for.
Marriage evolves through the years from that early romantic love into something much greater, much deeper, much better. That’s my opinion, my experience.
A couple of sweet hearts for sure. You and Randy have instilled in your children what a good marriage looks like. You are God centered, you give your time to help others, you take time for each other, and you love your children and grand baby unconditionally. Happy Anniversary to a lovely couple. Wishing you many many more years of happiness, good health and fond memories
Oh, Jackie, thank you for your loving words about Randy and me and our marriage.
This is sweet!
Thank you, Becky.
Belated Happy Anniversary! As I was also an 80’s bride, I loved the wedding picture! As I sometimes write in Anniversary cards- I’m sure every minute hasn’t been blissful, but every moment is a blessing from God! Wishing you many more moments of blessings!!
Thank you, Brenda. I really like that message you write in cards and have shared here.
Hope you had a wonderful anniversary!
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to celebrate last evening as planned with dinner out. Instead, we attended a community notification meeting for a level 3 predatory sex offender moving into our neighborhood today. At least we are aware of his presence. But certainly not happy about it. So we will have to celebrate another day.
That said, Randy brought me a dozen beautiful red roses.
Well, that was quite a different thing to do on your anniversary! Hope you are going to go to dinner another time anyway. And roses are always a lovely gift. I hope they are filling your house with an amazing scent!
The roses proved a surprise. They are lovely, just lovely. And, yes, we’ll eventually celebrate with dinner out.
Congrats!! Forrest and I are more likely to celebrate sporadically throughout the year, because life doesn’t often lend to certain days only for celebration (as you noted with the community notificatioin meeting). And, as you know, the relationship changes and grows in ways we never considered or thought about as younger people. I would not trade this “mature” relationship for anything. Love is ever-evolving, and more intertwined as the years roll along. I’m so happy you and Randy celebrate love that rolls with the flow of life.
Thank you, Lori. You get it. Clearly you and Forrest have that same enduring and evolving love. That makes me happy.
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WOW, you are both lovely!! xx
Thank you, Kim.
Happy Anniversary (a tad late).
Thank you, Dawn.