40 years ago Ken and I eloped. We were two 18 year old kids madly in love. We thought we were ready for a life together and all the things that come with it. Little did we know what lay ahead of us, just like any other couple, young or old, on their wedding day.
Being so young was probably against us but I don’t think we ever saw it. We enjoyed all the fun things most other 18 year olds would do but did it together. We finished growing up together and now we are growing old together.
We became parents while we young and enjoyed our children at each age as they grew into adults. Sometimes we were like a balancing act while raising our children: one of us keeping the other calm when we were ready to explode, another explaining what was really happening and why the children were doing what they were doing. We watched our children grow, blossom and become responsible adults who make us feel like a success. We blended two family backgrounds into one and produced our own family.
We prayed together, cried together, laughed together and grew together. We were together when we found out we were going to be grandparents and were together when our grandchildren were born. We have weathered storms together, taught each other patience, gained a lot of knowledge of life through trial and error, learned to accept differences, and enjoyed the security of knowing that we both accept each other as we are. We learned that giving is better than receiving, especially when it comes to your spouse. Giving is not hard when it is done in love, placing the other’s needs or wants in front of your own. We don’t consider that a sacrifice, just part of loving another.
I couldn’t have asked for a better life partner, husband or friend than I have in Ken.
THANK YOU KEN FOR 40 OF THE GREATEST YEARS OF MY LIFE!
Happy Anniversary to a special man, Ken, my husband. I love you.