a bronze wedding anniversary

September 5, 2017 at 3:26 pm 4 comments

Today is our wedding anniversary and I had no idea what symbolises 19 years of married life.  I had to look at one of those funny gift idea websites and apparently buying G a ”stunning bronze statue” or a ‘Grow old with Me‘ sundial will show him how much I care.  When I broke the news to G that I could love him without saying it in metal ware he gave me a wry smile and said “or you can buy me a new cymbal”.  I didn’t of course, we still don’t even exchange cards, bringing up children together is all the evidence we need of enduring love.

My best friend.  So lucky to have found each other at 19, so lucky to still be together. Parenthood is the greatest strain on a relationship and it was gifted to us late in our marriage.  Perhaps that’s our greatest strength too, that we supported each other through some difficult years and learnt to do so without taking each others struggles personally.  It reminds me of lines from Kahlil Gibran’s ” On Marriage”

…let there be spaces in your togetherness, and let the winds of the heavens dance between you. 

… Love one another, but make not a bond of love

… Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.

…Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone.

…Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping

…And stand together yet not too near together: for the pillars of the temple stand apart, and the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.

Our other anniversary stories:

11 years12 years15 years16 years, 18 years

Entry filed under: home life.

Do less, observe more, enjoy most wordless Wednesday

4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Everloving Dad...........................................and Mum  |  September 5, 2017 at 8:33 pm

    So with G a cymbal symbolises 19 years . Well done Nic and George, hope you have had a good day (even though it was first day back at school for E).

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    • 2. Nip it in the bud  |  September 20, 2017 at 12:47 pm

      Haha, good job it doesn’t otherwise he’d be feeling unloved with the lack of cymbal purchase :o) Yes first day back for E and it was strange without him. Luca was so excited to go and pick him up at 3 x

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  • 3. whirlingstone  |  September 6, 2017 at 8:25 am

    Love the poem you quote. Blessings on your marriage ❤

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