He who finds a wife finds a good thing (Proverbs 18:22)
This past Thursday, my wife, Betty and I celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary. It seems hard to believe that so much time has passed since that memorable day. We were married at the Cathedral of the Pines in New Hampshire–a beautiful location overlooking Mt. Monadnock. With an outside venue, we prayed fervently that it would not rain. That prayer was answered. We forgot to be more specific, however, as the day was cloudy, just below 50 degrees and very windy. Our poor ring-bearer was so cold he had to go to the bathroom just before the ceremony. Without time to find a bathroom, one of the ushers found a nearby tree for the little guy to relieve himself. The wind was so strong, that the singer’s voice was mostly blown away. And Betty’s veil frequently was blowing in a straight line away from her head. But, in the end we said the vows that we had promised each other nearly 4 years before. Then we headed for Betty’s sister’s house for an outdoor reception. When we got there, the awnings covering the food were blowing off onto their newly planted lawn. But, in the end, the sun came out and everything became perfect. That is until we got ready to leave for our honeymoon in a friend’s car. He had left every switch, knob and button on, so when we got in and started it, lights were flashing, horns were blowing, window washer blades were flapping, and I can’t even remember what else was going on. Once we got the car ready to go, we headed out to Virginia Beach for our honeymoon. And barring a few glitches along the way over the past 44 years, we’re still on that honeymoon.