16 May 2009

Happy Anniversary :)

In honour of my parents' 40th Anniversary, I'm posting a poem about anniversaries with the hope that they'll have many more anniversaries to enjoy and be surprised by their marriage.

The Longly-Weds Know
(by Leah Furnas)

That it isn't about the Golden Anniversary at all,
But about all the unremarkable years
that Hallmark doesn't even make a card for.

It's about the 2nd anniversary when they were surprised
to find they cared for each other more than last year

And the 4th when both kids had chickenpox
and she threw her shoe at him for no real reason

And the 6th when he accidentally got drunk on the way
home from work because being a husband and father
was so damn hard

It's about the 11th and 12th and 13th years when
they discovered they could survive crisis

And the 22nd anniversary when they looked
at each other across the empty nest, and found it good.

It's about the 37th year when she finally
decided she could never change him

And the 38th when he decided
a little change wasn't that bad

It's about the 46th anniversary when they both
bought cards, and forgot to give them to each other

But most of all it's about the end of the 49th year
when they discovered you don't have to be old

to have your 50th anniversary!!!!

taken from Writer's Almanac 2 Decemeber 2006

1 comment:

Cindy said...

I love that poem, Brenda. It's also in "good poems for hard times", and anthology by Garrison Keilor. I was going to wait until my parents' or Richard's parents 50th anniversary to use it.

Congratulations with your parents' anniversary. (may you have many more in good health together...)

And pass along a congratulations to them.