Sunday, February 14, 2016

When you're smiling...

"As our days grow shorter, our love grows stronger." This quote from my wonderful husband made me weep when I read it in Bill's handwriting on this Valentine's Day, which is also our 22nd wedding anniversary.

Many of you know this fact: I wrote a parody song of "He Ain't Got a Barrel of Money" about my honey and entered it into a contest at Y 98 FM radio station. Winners were announced on air a week before Valentine's Day. I screamed as I was riding to work the morning they read the list of 98 winners. I called Bill at work and told him to come home early because we had to go to the county court house for a marriage license. He said, "Calm down. Our wedding date isn't until April. We have plenty of time."

"No we don't!  I just won a complete wedding package from a  radio station, and we are going to be married on air." I did not tell him then that 97 other couples would be joining us.

My wonderful husband married me twice, once on Valentine's day and once again in April on the 25th wedding anniversary of my late best friend and her husband, Sheila and Bruce. The four of us stood side by side and repeated our vows.
Bruce: I do.
Sheila: I do.
Bill: I do.
Me: I do... not believe that our wedding cake I made is collapsing. (in a whisper)

That has been a laugh for many years.

It is true. As time goes on couples either grow together or fall apart like the small, three layer wedding cake I made and forgot to insert the support sticks into. We have grown wider, smarter, more confident and into our own. We are two halves of a whole. When I get a blemish, ache or pain on my right side, he gets the same thing on his left. We support one another.

We've sat together in every room of our old house, in brand new cars, on cruise ship balconies, in theaters, restaurant booths, on casino stools, in a dozen states, foreign countries, hospitals, hotels, and in all of our four kids' homes. But my favorite place to sit is by my honey's side, wherever life takes us.

I want you, my readers, to know that I love your visits, your comments, and your loyalty.

Whether you are part of a couple
or alone on this day,
love yourself,
and give a smile away.


Bookie said...

What an uplifting post to read today! Hope your Valentine's Day is happy all the way through.

Sioux Roslawski said...

Linda--What a sweet (and funny) post. (The line about your cake collapsing made me chuckle.)

You and Bill are a delightful couple. I hope that no conniving woman--no matter how hard she tries--is able to get between the two of you.

Happy Anniversary. Happy Valentine's Day.

Anonymous said...

Linda how lovely this post.

I have been married to my sweetheart for 54 years.

As reading your togetherness. It was Sid and I same experiences. As time goes on your wrote here.

Those two paragraphs are like us. Been there and done that.

And yes as you get older. You become more at each others side. Even going for walks together.

Happy Valentines Both Of you.

Your picture is darling of you both.


Val said... you guys out somewhere, or did he build that Kissing Booth in your living room?

Sioux Roslawski said...

By the way, I know who took that photo, I know where it was taken, and I want some credit as photographer. (Money in lieu of a photo credit is fine.)

Linda O'Connell said...

Ok ok, Sioux took the photo in the pooch kissing booth when we were signing Not Your Mother's Book on Dogs for a dog support group.

Connie said...

Beautiful post, Linda! Happy belated anniversary/Valentine's day!

Pat Wahler said...

Lovely. Happy anniversary!

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