Monday, July 13, 2015

A RECIPROCAL PROMISE YEARS AGO


My husband and I married many moons ago in Michigan. This week is our anniversary. It is a milestone year and begs for a celebration. We have been housebound for a long time, taking only staycations to the lake. It has been raining excessively, too. Traveling to somewhere exotic would be nice. A trip to Hawaii or Paris, as much as we’d like them, is out of the question, though. The money we have in the bank won’t stretch quite that far. However, we should be able to afford a little more than we did, back on our twenty-fifth anniversary. That was eons ago. Back then, we had not one thin dime to our names. We were living in a dirt cheap motel. And we went to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago to celebrate, because it was FREE. We spent the entire day dealing with other people’s children… pushing, shoving, screaming and crying. It was not exactly the romantic adventure we had imagined. But we made do, trying to enjoy ourselves. The animals made it worth our while. My hubby and I...then sought out, the Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool, nearby... where we renewed our vows, saying a little ditty to each other... with lots of people milling about. It was sweet, but crowded... yet, somehow intimate enough, to mark the occasion. No one embraced us or the moment, so we went on our way. (Nowadays it would have been captured by a stranger’s cellphone and posted on social media.)  After our little impromptu ceremony... we picked up a cheeseburger, small fries and a drink... splitting the order  in half, to share in our motel room. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. That was it. No friends, family. Just us. More years, than we care to mention... have passed since then. And, we've had plenty of other anniversaries to celebrate in style, with all the bells and whistles. But now, because of our advancing ages, particularly my husband's... this anniversary, this week... is especially important. Because the truth is... it could be our last one together. The Grim Reaper looms. So... we racked our brains for ideas. What to do or where to go to celebrate. Unfortunately, the main issue at hand is our mobility. Wherever we go... has to be easy to navigate, with little if any walking involved. And parking must make the place accessible. Breathing in the elements... is also a potential deal breaker, because of my husband’s pulmonary problems. The heat and humidity are not COPD friendly. So no risk taking in July. Yet… our hearts desire is strong. The outdoors beckons. The ocean is calling us home. But not yet. Not this week. In the late fall, instead... when the temperatures drop and wearing a sweater is a necessity. Somewhere, where the sharks aren’t biting... we’ll be renting a room for a week... in a vintage 1950’s motel with an ocean view. We’ll be chilling… with a few mimosas, or perhaps mulled cider… sitting on our butts, in a couple of basket weave lounge chairs… watching the waves roll in… as the sun rises out on the Atlantic Ocean. Did you know that ocean is the same color as my husband’s eyes? A beautiful seafoam green. My heart beats a little faster, when I see them both. Let’s hope nothing happens to change our plans between, now and then. We’re more than a little excited.


15 comments:

Mildred said...

Good Morning and I wish you both a blessed anniversary. Your description of the color of your husband's eyes and the ocean is so vivid. I pray that you two will be healthy enough to enjoy what sounds like a lovely anniv. trip in the fall. I enjoyed this heartwarming post very much.

Paula said...

A touching post, I wish you a happy anniversary now and in the fall.

Just Because said...

Sounds like a great trip. I once heard a story about vacations, being two vacations. One in the anticipation and one in the delightful reality. I hope you enjoy both!!! Happy Anniversary!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Wishing you both a very Happy Anniversary! I loved reading about your past celebrations and about the one to come in the future too.

jack69 said...

What a sweet entry my friend. I hope this is a wonderful time and most of all wish you guys manymore. We who are 'up there' in age want to enjoy the time we have left, and that time is so much sweeter with genuine love, melded together to remain as one over the years.
CONGRATULATIONS to LOVE

betty said...

Happy anniversary week! And what a wonderful thing to look forward to come fall! Your week getaway sounds heavenly and what a great place to stay for it! You are so right, when we reach a certain age we wonder how many more anniversaries we might have left to celebrate. It is wise of you and your hubby to make the effort to do something special for this one! I hope you'll share some of your adventures with us after you return from the trip in the upcoming months.

betty

jaz@octoberfarm said...

what a lovely post. i wish you both a wonderful anniversary and i can't wait to see where you go! i prefer the beach in fall. well, i prefer everything in fall.

Mevely317 said...

Your observance of #25 sure makes me smile. Just goes to show what a little imagination and a LOT of love can accomplish! I'll bet there are lots of so-called wealthy couples whose rites of passage couldn't rival yours ... both then, and what you've up your sleeve for this Fall. Why, a 50's-era seaside motel sounds pretty darn heavenly!

Roses around the door... said...

Happy Anniversary, wishing all your dreams to come true, it all sounds wonderful. Best wishes x

Jon said...

Your planned anniversary vacation sounds like it will be perfect, during a perfect time of year. Autumn is much better than the crowded shark-biting season.
Until then, I hope you'll be able to do something nice this week - - even if it's just a lovely dinner
(at home, with candlelight).

Your early years sound very similar to that of my parents. They went through extremely rough times when they were first married.

Red Rose Alley said...

Taryterre, I do hope you get to the ocean for your anniversary this year. What a wonderful story, and I really liked how you celebrated your 25th. Sometimes the simple ways to celebrate are the very best. You two sound like two peas in a pod, and I am wishing you a very Happy Anniversary, my dear. Enjoy your special day.

love, ~Sheri

by the way, I could tell you some stories of when we were first married.....no car to call my own, little money, and a baby on the way. But we were in love.

Red Rose Alley said...

ps we were married in August, and had the baby next July. Her name was Nel hehehe.
Never had a lot of time with just each other, did we?

Susan said...

Happy Anniversary, Taryterre! Oh, I DO hope you can make your dream celebration a reality. Life is so precious....and fleeting. You both deserve a getaway! I hope, with all my heart, it happens. By the way, thanks for your visits to my blog. Susan

Sheila Y said...

That sounds wonderful! Happy Anniversary! I hope you share photos of the trip. Something nice to look forward to in the heat of this summer. Take care, Sheila

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Such a touching and well-written post, Terre! Happy Anniversary to you and your beloved with the seafoam green eyes. I am happy you are going on a fall anniversary trip to the beach. It sounds wonderful, sitting and gazing out at the water, watching the sun coming up. I'm excited for you! Take your camera to capture a few of those special moments. And to share with us when you return home! :)