27

Later today I’ll be going to the funeral of a neighbor, a wonderful woman who lived in this community nearly a century.  She and her husband, who survives her, were married 76 years.

I was 27 years old when Cherie and I got married.

Yesterday was our 27th wedding anniversary.

I went to my office the day we were married. Went straight from work to the church. Cherie took the whole day off. What a slacker.

January 19, 1988

January 19, 1988

After getting married, we drove across the bay to St. Petersburg Beach and spent the night at the Don Cesar hotel.

Exactly 27 years later, we went out to the barn at 9 p.m. into a record cold night to bottle-feed goats. Quite a change from a warm evening at the beach. We never would have guessed in 1988 that our life 27 years later would include feeding goats in the freezing cold. Life can be funny like that.

27 years later.  This isn't the Gulf of Mexico.

27 years later. This isn’t the Gulf of Mexico.

I’m not sure we’ll make it 76 years, but I suppose it’s possible.  Either way, the first 27 have been great.  And interesting.

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39 comments on “27

  1. lovely post, congrats on your 27th.. truly hope that the get together in honor of her memory will be filled with love and stories

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks. It was a moving funeral. She was one of a vanishing breed. For most of her life after working all day day on the farm with her husband and family, she worked second shift at the cotton mill, to earn the money to send her daughters to college (all that in addition to keeping house and raising a family). After retiring and turning the farm over to their son, she and her husband visited all 50 states and she went to Europe. They had season tickets to our minor league baseball team and she was very active in her church for 70+ years. I’ve never seen her without a smile on her face and someone said today they never heard her say an unkind thing about anyone. Ever. If she didn’t have something nice to say (which was rare), she said nothing at all. The chapel was packed despite today being one of the coldest days on record here.

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  2. Ru says:

    that is so sweet! Happy anniversary to you both 🙂

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  3. Sue says:

    Wonderful post! Congrats and I do hope you make it 76 years!

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  4. Congrats! What a blessing!

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  5. Laurie Graves says:

    Happy anniversary to you two! May you have many, many more years together.

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  6. nebraskadave says:

    Bill, congrats on a lasting marriage. It restores my hope when I see marriages that have lasted the ups and downs of disagreements and emotional stresses. Marriage is not an easy thing to accomplish over long term. We never imagine on our wedding day that some time in the future most likely one will be left alone through death or other circumstances. Every day is a special day in a marriage. Life is a fragile thing. It can last to over 100 or end at an early age. Each of the marriage partners brings qualities and abilities into the marriage. When the two become one through the covenant of marriage, there is a completeness that can’t be accomplished by being a loner.

    May God bless your marriage until the end of time. May the experiences each day brings be more satisfying than the day before. May your marriage be filled with ever lasting love and compassion for each other. And may the mature days of your life be filled with precious memories that bring joy to your hearts.

    Have a great celebration of another year of marriage.

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  7. Happy Anniversary! We’ll hit 26 in August, so not that far behind you. And I agree – I could not have imagined back then where we’d be now. Nor can I picture 26 years from now. Living in the moment, I guess.

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks and an early congrats to you as well! It’s important to live in the moment. It’s kind of interesting to try to imagine what the next 27 (or 26) years will bring. But I have to remind myself to try to live them slowly.

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  8. Laura says:

    Happy Anniversary! You picked a great day, as the 19th also happens to be my birthday 🙂 Life does take you on some interesting turns. We’re sitting at 18 years, and never would have predicted where we’d be today.

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  9. BeeHappee says:

    Wow, congratulations! Very cool, and you guys had not aged at all.

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  10. Zambian Lady says:

    Condolences on the loss of your neighbor, but it is good to know that she had lived a long life.

    Happy anniversary and here is to wishing you several to more to get to at least 76 years.

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  11. EllaDee says:

    Congratulations 🙂 It’s wonderful that we don’t know what lies ahead of us. It gives us the space to dream and plan, and rework our dreams and plans as we live them.

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  12. El Guapo says:

    Happy anniversary to you both!
    I went to work the day after my wedding (Friday). My wife’s boss made her take off.

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  13. smfarm says:

    Happy Anniversary. We, too, never would have envisioned doing what we’re doing now when we got married. Isn’t it wonderful the path life takes you, learning and growing and changing together.

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    • Bill says:

      Yes, and thankfully we were both flexible (especially Cherie). Fortunately we grew and changed together, but the move here was a really big change for Cherie. I was prepared mentally for it not to work, but I would have been very disappointed. But her attitude was “I’ll bloom where I’m planted” and we have made a good, albeit unconventional, life here.

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  14. DM says:

    Happy anniversary you two love birds! I can see God has his hand on your lives. DM

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  15. According to the very limited research I conducted (a 15-second Google search), there is no traditional gift for the 27th anniversary. The modern gift theme is “sculpture” and one suggestion is a sundial. So, I hope you got a groovy sundial for your anniversary. But more than that, I celebrate your married-life-well-lived! (Or, I could have just said, “Happy Anniversary,” but now that I’ve typed all this out. . . .)

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  16. Woody says:

    Happy Anniversary!

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  17. Joanna says:

    Happy Anniversary to you too. We celebrated 30 years in October and we also would never have imagined we would be doing what we are doing now all those years ago. Love the sense of adventure. Onwards and upwards! 🙂

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    • Bill says:

      Thanks and a belated happy 30th to you and Ian! It’s been fun to see how many people have commented that their lives have gone in directions they wouldn’t have imagined when they got married. As you say–it’s an adventure!

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  18. shoreacres says:

    And even those who aren’t married can share that same experience — finding themselves in places they (or anyone else, for that matter!) never would have predicted. It’s one reason I laugh when someone suggests a five-year plan. If I’d planned out my life, and stuck with the plan, I would have missed all the best parts of my life.

    Congratulations to you both — and best wishes for a rich and satisfying however-many-more-years you get. Even marriage can be fun, I hear. 🙂

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    • Bill says:

      My blog must seem to attract people who have chosen not to follow the beaten path. 🙂

      A couple of friends who visited this afternoon once sold everything they owned and lived on a sailboat for three years. Sound familiar?

      Thanks for the good wishes. Hard to believe it’s been 27 years. I wonder what craziness the next 27 will bring. 🙂

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  19. A belated Happy Anniversary. What a beautiful life you are carving out for yourselves.

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