My husband Mike and I will celebrate our 44th wedding anniversary this Friday…we’re well on our way to 50! That many years make me feel old, but it also brings incredible feelings of comfort and satisfaction. I was 17 and a senior in high school when we got married. Mike was the ripe old age of 20! I recall so well the whispers saying we were too young and would never make it! We have been extremely fortunate that we found our soul mates so early in life. I can honestly say I love my husband more now than ever and can’t imagine life without him.
Mike always reminds me of the first time we saw each other. I was 16 and he was 19. One of the favorite hang-outs in our little desert town was the A&W drive-in. He was this handsome young sailor that pulled up on the back of a motorcycle and I was a teenager in the back of a car, dressed in a candy striper uniform! I don’t think we even spoke that night, but we did remember each other….
Our first date was to a drive-in movie. There aren’t many of those around any more. The old kind with the microphones that you hang on your car window. I remember so clearly how I felt when Mike was late to arrive to pick me up. I was so afraid I had been stood up! But, then there he was this nervous, sweaty young man apologizing at the door. He did not have a car of his own and the car he borrowed had a flat tire. I was so relieved and this date turned out to be the beginning of a long, happy relationship.
We were married in the Silver Bell Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas on November 6th, 1971. I graduated from high school the next summer, 1972. Mike was still in the Navy at this point and later that year he was deployed and stationed on the aircraft carrier “Enterprise”. On our first wedding anniversary I was in the southern California desert and Mike was off the coast of Viet Nam. Definitely not the way we would have preferred to spend our first anniversary!
Over the years, we have laughed together, cried together, experienced good times & hard times and made an abundance of happy memories. We have raised three wonderful children together and been blessed with six precious grandchildren. We’re looking forward to creating many more memories in this lifetime. Life is good…here’s to the next 50!