In eight days my wife, Jenny, and I will celebrate our fifteenth wedding anniversary so I decided to take some time to reflect on what our marriage really means. There are the usual words used to describe what our marriage means, like love, companionship, friendship, togetherness, tenderness and commitment. Those are just some of the words that come to mind. And then there are some popular quips to add humor to an otherwise serious reality of marriage: Happy wife, happy life. If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. And one of my favorites, attributed to Rita Rudner: “I love being married. It’s so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.”
One of the things that Jenny and I appreciate in our relationship is each other’s sense of humor. We both love to laugh and do so often. Others may not be as appreciative of our brand of humor, but we amuse ourselves and that’s the most important thing.
Another great part of married life is not always doing things alone. We don’t have to sleep alone, eat alone, watch movies alone or do the one thing that just can’t be done alone unless you suffer from multiple personality disorder: argue. After all, what would a great marriage be without a good stimulating argument now and then? I don’t know that we’ve aver been able to settle anything with our rousing arguments, but without them there wouldn’t be any reason to kiss and make up!
One very important aspect of our marriage has been adventure. We love hiking, exploring, traveling and experiencing new adventures. Enjoying life in our RV has been fun for the whole family, which includes our dog, Rocky, a.k.a. Bubba, and our cat, Jay-J. We’ve explored the Grand Canyon, Zion, Glacier, Yosemite, Death Valley and many other fabulous destinations, and the best part has been doing it together. I don’t think anyone goes into marriage hoping that it will be dull and boring, and that has certainly not been the case in our marriage.
Like all married couples, Jenny and I have our ups and downs, but in my view, the ups have been many and the downs have always found their way to the upside. As we celebrate our anniversary on February 19th, we’ll be enjoying the many treasured memories of the past fifteen years, and any bumps in the road will be all but forgotten. Happy Anniversary, my Love!