Anniversaries – creating and capturing memories

This week my husband and I celebrated our 37th wedding anniversary. Oh, how young we were!

Ross and Mary in 1972

Ross and Mary in 1972

But look at us now! We’ve survived so much. Losing two jobs because the companies folded resulted in two major moves. Thrilling and terrifying at the same time. I think we’ve thrived because of it. We’ve travelled and seen so much:  Hawaii, London, Paris, Rome, Venice, and Florence. We’ve been blessed to live in three beautiful parts of the world:  Minnesota, Colorado and now California. We’ve left a little piece of our hearts in each of them. Creating life anew and starting over has been challenging and exhiliarating.  Comparing, contrasting and constructing a new routine made our little family unit more appreciative of the little things that were familiar as well as delighting in new discoveries.

We went out to dinner and had a good time, but what I savored more than the wonderful meal was spending time with my life’s companion talking about our time together. Laughing about how it was the hottest June they’d had in Rome for over a decade the summer we visited. Or the time the cab driver in Paris pushed the car to get it started while we sat bewildered in the back seat not understanding what was going on. More recent trips were up and down the 5 visiting our daughter in college. I think we just barely spent equal amounts of time with her as we did on the road! Thankfully, we ‘ve had each other for those long trips and for all the trips in our foreseeable future.

Happy Anniversary for everyone celebrating milestones. Savor the moment now!

About Mary E. Knippel

Mary E Knippel, Writer Unleashed and the founder of Your Writing Mentor supports women to take pen in hand to unleash their story worth leverage their impact through their stories...reclaim their polish their words so that they sparkle and shine from the start...and go from making dinner to making a difference. Contact her at mary (at)