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Friday, June 17, 2011

Anniversary Weekend

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My bridal bouquet included lavender roses.

My maid of honor, my only attendant, wore a lavender dress.

The wedding cake, made with extra butter, was decorated with lavender roses.

Even the rice was dyed lavender.

Yes, everywhere lavender thirty-nine years ago on June 17, 1972:
The lavender rose is often a sign of enchantment and love at first sight. Those who have been enraptured by feelings of love and adoration have used lavender roses to express their romantic feelings and intentions.
Since September 15, 2009, Mr. AOW and I have endured many losses. But today we celebrate life — and our life together.

Joan Didion wrote in The Year of Magical Thinking:
"Life changes fast. Life changes in the instant."
In other words, make time to cherish your beloved.

Mr. AOW and I know that lesson well.


  1. happy anniversary, aow! this is a beautiful post about life and love!

  2. Congratulations To the both of you.Indeed as you get older you realise more and more what you mean to each other.May you both enjoy together many more years in good health and happiness.

  3. Congratulations on 39 years of marriage!

  4. Blessings to you and Mr. AOW, may there be many more anniversaries to come!

  5. Congratulations and happy anniversary to you both.

  6. Congratulations, AOW ... and Happy Anniversary!

  7. The very best wishes and a reminder how important love is. We need much more of it.

  8. Congratulations. We were never promised that marriage would be easy, you two have proven that you can overcome whatever happens.

    Hubby and I will be married 39 years in September.

    Right Truth

  9. Beautiful post. Thank you for reminding us what's important.

    Happy Anniversary to you and Mr. AOW.

  10. So as to avoid the Friday-evening crowd and because Cameo is still unwell, Mr. AOW and I went to Outback Steakhouse on Wednesday night. We indulged in strawberry daiquiris (one each), a Bloomin' Onion, steak, lobster, baked potato, salad, and raspberry cheesecake. The amount served was plentiful, so we brought home part of the onion and some of the steak and salad. We'll have another "official" anniversary dinner this evening. Best of all, I merely have to microwave the meal. No cooking!

  11. Congratulations! June was always the tradional wedding month. (Mine-June
    12, 1965...and I don't think the color lavender had been invented yet!)

  12. BB-Idaho.
    Oh, lavender was around in 1965 but not all popular yet.

  13. Congratulatios to you and Mr. AOW. I suspect that the people of NOW could never understand what that kind of love means.

    Enjoy your annuversary!

  14. Happy anniversary, AOW!

    By the way, I don't think I have never seen lavender roses, though I love both the color and flower. How beautiful!

  15. Lavender roses are rare -- some kind of hybrid, I think.

  16. Congratulations to you both. The dinner sounds yummy... even the leftovers.

  17. Congratulations, Mr and Mrs AOW....may God continue to be with you both.
    love, me
    (now pass me some lobster and baked potato!)

  18. Wow, 39 years, almost the big 40. Congrats you two.

  19. This post is SO affirming. Thanks darlin' friend. Happy 39th.

  20. GM,
    As those stricken by thalamic hemorrhages, Mr. AOW spends a lot of time sleeping.

    But when he's awake, he's cognizant and optimistic. We so enjoy each other's company -- even though so many of the dreams we had for our retirement years are long gone.

  21. Happy Anniversary! I know recent months have been very difficult with the care of your spouse. But your marriage has made it for the long haul, and for that I send along a cheer.


  22. I hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

  23. Beautiful post, AOW. Thank you for sharing with us. Happy Anniversary, my dear friend.


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