Sunday, September 16, 2007

Happy Anniversary

Today would have been my parents' 40th wedding anniversary. It boggles the mind, doesn't it, that the Scottish Costanzas kept the love young and hot for almost 39 years? A couple of crazy kids they were.

We still miss you, JP. We especially miss you remembering today's big day ON THE DAY and running out to the supermarket to buy Mom something. She still speaks fondly of those "anniversary rutabagas" back in '92 and the "anniversary Whitmans Sampler" in '01. I keed, I keed! However you slice it ("anniversary Wonder Bread of '86"), you and Mom had a marriage that showed your children, in all the important ways, what a marriage really ought to be. And since there isn't really anything else that can be said, I'm providing some thoughts on marriage that always remind me of you and Mom.

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year. --Paul Sweeney

My husband and I have never considered divorce... murder sometimes, but never divorce.
--Dr. Joyce Brothers

To keep your marriage brimming,
With love in the loving cup,
Whenever you're wrong admit it;
Whenever you're right shut up.
--Ogden Nash

I love being married. It's so great to find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life. --Rita Rudner

It destroys one's nerves to be amiable every day to the same human being.
--Benjamin Disraeli

In the early years, you fight because you don't understand each other. In the later years, you fight because you do. ~Joan Didion

And the final words from Scotland's Own Billy Connolly:
Marriage is a wonderful invention; then again, so is a bicycle repair kit.

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