Thursday, April 7, 2011

40 and counting!

Take a look at this young clear-eyed couple.

Straight out of the Old West.

Or at least out of the Old West Picture Gallery. 

The (rather costumed and posed) photo was taken nearly 40 years ago of my wife and myself.  Yes, that is truly SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) . . the love of my life.

Let's take a closer look.

They look to be filled with hope and confidence as they head into the future. 

Today it is exactly 40 years since we were married.  We don't look much like that anymore.  And, as the oft-told story goes, ", what a ride!"  We've covered a lot of territory in the past 40 years, had some great and some not-so-great times.  Amazingly, we're still together and content to stay that way until the trip is over.

Some of my long-ago friends have said in the recent past "my God, I'm amazed you're still alive."  Considering some of my adventures I'm a little surprised at that myself.

But older age has brought less adventures, less risk-taking and perhaps even some common sense.  Most of that I owe to the beautiful gal who has stayed at my side all of these years.

Whaddaya say, girl?  Let's go for 50!


Lowandslow said...

What a great post. Congratulations on your anniversary! :)


Catalyst said...

Thanks, my friend.

Tess Kincaid said...

Happy Anniversary!! The photo is fabulous. You know, I think we had one taken like this, maybe in Silver Dollar City or somewhere. I wonder if we still have it?

The Bug said...

Happy anniversary! We're hoping to make it to 50 too - only 30 more years to go :)

I have a picture like that from when I was a teenager - Gatlinburg I think. I look like I had just stepped off the wagon train - beat down I tell you. It was funny. I should dig that up next time I'm at my dad's house.

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

Love it! What a cool photo to have.

OmegaMom said...

Happy anniversary!

Catalyst said...

Thanks to all of you. The best part of my (long) life . . . is my friends, new and old.

Tom Cochrun said...

I remember those kids! And Lana and I remember when it all started!!
You guys are inspirational. But--while you profess more common sense, look closely into the eyes of the picture you post---Oh brother! What lurks back there?!
As for SWMBO-she remains the picture of grace, beauty and poise.
Happy Anniversary.

Steve said...

Congratulations. We are up to 38 and it seems just like yesterday we met.

Jarart said...

Love that photo! Happy Anniversary to both of you. Your better half is quite the beauty in that picture and I bet she still is.

Sharon said...

Congratulations on the anniversary! What a lovely post!

Meggie said...

Congratulations to you both! We are about to clock up 45 years, if all goes well.
We have also ridden the bumpy ride, and ..... well, I wouldnt change it!
Hugs to you both! XX