From the Hill
by Carole Diehl
Floyd and I just celebrated our 60th anniversary recently, and the kids threw a big reception for us. It was beautiful, and they put a lot of time and effort into the party. We were able to visit with old friends, some we have not seen in years. It was a wonderful night for us both.
To a man, almost, all asked how we did it. What was our secret? How can we live together 24/7 and make it work?
I think one of the most important things, of course, is love for your partner. But it is also just as important to like your partner. To like who they are, and what they represent to you. Love just isn’t enough. Then, respect for them, and their ideas. Sometimes you have to agree to disagree, but that is OK too. Sometimes you have to say “whatever,” and change the subject. That is not to say we don’t argue. We were told years ago by grandparents to never go to bed angry, because tomorrow is a new day, so start it off right. Sometimes we were up really, really late.
Floyd and I are both Taurus, and we are as bullheaded as you can be. It is hard for either one of us to admit they are wrong. We bicker about silly things, but never anything important. Things like who left the light on in the bathroom, or the name of a movie star in a certain movie, or he is driving too close to the car in front. Silly things. Important things, we try to discuss logically but sometimes it takes a loooong time.
Looking back in retrospect, I realize that we have shared so many things together. Birth, death of friends and family, hardships, and everything between richer or poorer. I realize it has only made us stronger, and more secure in who we are as a couple. And made us realize we were really meant to be together.
And we have had more fun times then I can count. And raising the kids was one of them. Watching them grow up. The grandkids, and now great-grandkids. How lucky can one man and woman be?
You have to work at marriage. It is not easy. And the years fly by. But the memories are priceless. Every night when we go to bed, we both say “I love you” and snuggle up together. And I say a little prayer, thanking the good Lord for letting this man and I walk through life together. It has been a great life. And I look forward to having more years with him by my side. Yeah, it has been fun.
People actually got married before moving in with each other?
The vows you took were sacred to you?
D-i-v-o-r-c-e was a bad word?
Carole Diehl is the president of the Strawberry Hill Neighborhood Association.