Today is our seventeenth wedding anniversary.
When we got married it seemed like the most natural thing in the world. I had no idea we were doing anything unusual. But we were the first same-sex couple to register at Macy’s and the first to have our wedding announcement in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. I’m not going to show you photos of that, because I’ve done it before (and even though, yes, I’m wearing a dress), I’m guessing you’re bored of such things by now.
A couple of nights ago we helped our neighours, Vicki and Ron, celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary. (Vicki, you might recall, is the artist who made Petalville, the gigantic collage on our wall. Ron is the handiest person with a hammer and saw eva.) Vicki brought us flowers from her garden. We ate much fine food, drank champagne, and stayed up later than old married couples should.
I woke up the next morning stone in love: with Kelley, our home, our neighbourhood, and the life we’ve made. The weather mirrored my mood. The house was flooded with light.
Our front porch has a trellis with climbing roses. It threw interesting shadows on the wall:
The photo is by Jennifer Durham. Here’s a close-up:
Here you can see Vicki’s flowers on the table, and a slice of Petalville–made of her flowers and ours–on the right:
And here’s the trellis–because, hey, this is a blog, not a novel, and I don’t have to do that stern writer thing and leave it to your imagination. (It’s a holiday weekend; no one should be doing more work than necessary.)
No AN photo post would be complete without the doughty perbs, which have suffered mightily the last month, being snipped and nipped and chopped for all those lovely dinners:
All in all, I’m feeling very smug. Absolutely delighted with life. I hope you, too, have plans for an utterly delicious weekend.
18 thoughts on “Happiness and home”
I'm a total marriage geek myself, & a smug bastard, so I'll toast to that with my morning coffee.
yay you! :D Congrats on making it to 17!
congratulations. it's nice to see such happiness.
Thank you, all. Life is good.
& the photos are beautiful.
Lovely, Nicola. Barb and I are together now 21 years, post commitment ceremony, civil union, a 15 year old son, and a good life as well. Waiting for legal marriage in our state. Cograts!
krackenburg, thanks–though it was the morning that was beautiful, I just didn't get in the way.
Shirley, we met 22 yrs ago. The wedding just gradually became necessary. So we did it. But when s-s marriage is legal at the federal level, whoo! We will *party*! There again, I'll think we'll be partying today :)
My husband and I have also been together for 22 years and married for 17…no, wait, 18! It's so good to see another old married couple head-over-heels in love.
May you have at least another 22 years of joy together.
And I like those shadows. The sun has been great the last few days. :)
Stephanie, yep, I like being an old married couple :)
jennifer, I wish it would come back. Everything feels v. autumnal…but, hey, that's okay, it's just means my birthday is getting closer.
Congratulations! and many more. Cheers.
Congratulations on your seventeenth, it's an impressive achievemnt for anyone, I hope you both enjoy many more in the years to come.
Yes, it's a beautiful thing. Lots of love to you both.
If and when the federal thing happens, we'll have to pick a spring date, then we'll have an anniversary roughly every three months. Woo hoo!
Gee it's your anniversary again already. That year just flew by. I remember the dinner, the wine list and things you did in prior years and oh boy it's nearly your birthday?!
Well then here in advance heartfelt wishes for a gorgeous celebration of that event! I'll have to tip a bit of my Bombay Sapphire gin to you every day so I won't miss your birthday. I'll have my favorite Martini tonight to tip to you and Kelley for your anniversary.
By the way I loved all of the pictures, so much beautiful greenery to look at out of your doors and windows. Ah love, Ah Happiness makes me smile…Sly
I went through a brief Bombay Sapphire phase…until I remembered I basically like dry London gins.
Our birthdays: soon, and Big: 50th.
Happy Anniversary, a bit belatedly :P — wishing you much happiness always!
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