47 and Counting…

Let’s talk about anniversaries, a topic that is an issue for widows. There are those ‘firsts’ we tend to cry our way through – an entire year of them. First Christmas, Valentine’s Day, birthdays and ultimately the wedding anniversary.

As time goes on, we move into the second, and third and the fifth years. Tell me, do you still observe your wedding anniversary? How do you approach this day? In the past I would post something on his Facebook page, but not this year. Something is different this year. I am no longer a grieving widow, but a woman who treasures memories of 40+ years of marriage to the same man. Not all the memories are ones I dare to write about, or even remember, but most of them are now a sweet compilation of days gone by.

Some remember my husband as an outstanding business man, some recall his unique and quick sense of humor. Still others remember the testimony he shared at a men’s retreat or at a Kairos Prison Ministry weekend. His story touched many men and changed some lives while bolstering their faith walk. These are the memories worth treasuring and reliving. God’s presence in his life changed everything – and that is what I remember best.

My husband and I shared a running joke. Each April 7th, on our anniversary, we would recognize the number of years we were celebrating and acknowledge how many remained until our 50th. We laughed as we recalled his mom telling us, “I don’t give it 6 months.” I don’t know what prompted this negative statement, but perhaps she understood her son better than his bride. I believe that as she got to know me, she changed her tune, for we never heard those words again.

Dave died a few weeks before our 41st, but I am still counting to 50. I am not sure what happens then, maybe nothing, but I feel the need to finish this tradition. So, forty-seven and counting…

6 thoughts on “47 and Counting…

  1. Judy, I just read your blog post, and I wanted to compliment you on the heartfelt words that were so lovingly penned about Dave. Happy anniversary in whatever way you choose to celebrate it, my friend. Looking forward to our next dinner.

  2. Judy just read this …. we are on a cruise in South America and funny thing was last night at dinner everyone was talking “how many yrs ” they have been married … there was a widow sitting w us and I am going to share this w her today which I believe she will enjoy more then I have ….. thanks for your words today and “happy 47th” Love C We get back 14th … let’s try for dinner soon 😘😘
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  3. Judy, you know how much I share and relate to this. I appreciate encouraging those of us who are widows to move toward treasured memories, and making those larger than grief.

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