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Wed Dec 6, 2023, 11:03 AM Dec 6

On December 6, 1980 two young people headed for a stone chapel on the Darmouth College campus [View all]

Rollins Chapel. We were so young - 23 and 24 years old. I was a chemistry grad student, she a nurse at the campus hospital. We met at a party a year prior - a party neither of us wanted to attend and my friend (and it turns out, her friends) "made" us go. We were both on the rebound. At the party, she was the first person I saw when I went I approached the front door. I just knew.

A few of our friends were there, and a justice of the peace. We didn't have our parents or family because a church wedding would have led to a family civil war (which religion? which church? etc). While someone was tuning the chapel organ, we were pronounced man and wife. A few handfuls of rice were tossed at us - we headed to our tiny rental apartment for a toast with our friends. That was the start.

Now, two daughters and 7 dogs and 6 cats later, we are just as goofy, laugh just as much - share a similar love of music, movies, books, hiking and kayaking, and gardening. 43 years. That is quite a number to grasp. We are having a typical day - I am answering some garden emails and will send out some seeds - she is quilting and will soon go to yoga. Tonight we will have a nice dinner at a local restaurant. Our life hasn't been anything extraordinary - but our life together has been nothing but extraordinary. I suppose when people look at us, they see two people in their late 60s. When we look at each other, we see all of the years we've shared - including those early 20 year olds!

I am one lucky fellow!

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Have a great snowybirdie Dec 6 #1
Happy Anniversary! tblue37 Dec 6 #2
Happy Anniversary underpants Dec 6 #3
congrats . AllaN01Bear Dec 6 #4
Congratulations to you both. blm Dec 6 #5
Of course! NewHendoLib Dec 6 #9
Happy Anniversary! MyMission Dec 6 #26
Thanks! It's excellent! NewHendoLib Dec 6 #27
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! WestMichRad Dec 6 #6
. NewHendoLib Dec 6 #7
Celebrate! greatauntoftriplets Dec 6 #8
Congratulations. cachukis Dec 6 #10
We're the same age. Congratulations. Boomerproud Dec 6 #11
Happy Anniversary. I know the joy and happiness of such a relationship. sjr2323 Dec 6 #12
what a sweet response to my post. thanks very much. NewHendoLib Dec 6 #16
Wishing you a very happy anniversary! pandr32 Dec 6 #13
Congratulations! rubbersole Dec 6 #14
Wishing you both the Happiest Anniversary, and may there be many, many more. niyad Dec 6 #15
Gorgeous! cilla4progress Dec 6 #17
Great story!! 💕 Arazi Dec 6 #18
Thanks for the invitation JMCKUSICK Dec 6 #19
What a beautiful message! Congrats on having such a great marriage - it does highplainsdem Dec 6 #20
I like that formula you list - work, commitment, luck- will add patience, passion, NewHendoLib Dec 6 #21
Congratulations! Wishing you many more years of marital happiness. alwaysinasnit Dec 6 #22
Beautiful love story. 😍. n/t iluvtennis Dec 6 #23
Great story, Happy Anniversary! Permanut Dec 6 #24
Happy Anniversary! FemDemERA Dec 6 #25
Happy Anniversary KS Toronado Dec 6 #28
Happy Anniversary R Merm Dec 6 #29
Congratulations and thanks for sharing such a beautiful story! fierywoman Dec 6 #30
Have a rip roaring day the both of ya!... MiHale Dec 6 #31
Great story! surfered Dec 6 #32
Beautiful! sdfernando Dec 6 #33
Wonderful, wonderful💕💕💕💕 Hekate Dec 6 #34
I really enjoy canetoad Dec 6 #35
CONGRATS!!!!! MyOwnPeace Dec 6 #36
Many congrats Good Sir! GeoWilliam750 Dec 6 #37
Happy Anniversary! IbogaProject Dec 6 #38
Happy Anniversary! 70sEraVet Dec 6 #39
Congrats! ProfessorGAC Dec 6 #40
Congrats!! Happy Anniversary! relayerbob Dec 6 #41
There is nothing quite like a long and happy love. Congratulations. NNadir Dec 6 #42
May you have 43 more! Stinky The Clown Dec 6 #43
... but will we recognize each other at 110? NewHendoLib Dec 6 #44
Congratulations from one with a somewhat similar story. DFW Dec 7 #45
Happy Anniversary! May there be many more! EllieBC Dec 7 #46
Happy Anniversary! 💕🥳💕 nt Raine Dec 7 #47
Yahooooooooo, Happy Anniversary. Magoo48 Dec 7 #48
Mazel tov... may the joy just keep on coming! Thank you for sharing it with us. n/t TygrBright Dec 7 #49
Happy anniversary! yardwork Dec 7 #50
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