Mar. 18, 2017

Fifty Years!

We Learned It All The Hard Way, and It's All Subject to Change Without Notice, Philosophy of Life

Here we are, March 18, 2017. In exactly two weeks from today, Saturday, April 1st, my adorable husband, best friend, companion and person who laughs at my humor, will be married fifty years. (50) Yep, it's true. The day we were married, it poured. Buckets. His precious mom and dad, now in heaven for so many years were with us. Dr. Jack MacArthur officiated and, even though I cried through the entire ceremony, I've never been so happy in my life. John wore a blue suit, I wore an off-white Young Edwardian suit, navy pumps and purse and we all had lunch at the Tick Tock Restaurant afterwards. Where rabbit was on the menu. I did not eat that.

In these fifty years, we have successfully raised four amazing children, none of whom live with us, who have given us 13 fabulous grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. We have survived the building of, running of and sale of a radio station in the desert without losing our collective shirts. We have had so much fun, laughed so much, been to beautiful places together, and, as we are now experts at being married, thought we'd share a little of our Life Philosophy. Take what you like and leave the rest.

1.  God is good and loves us in spite of ourselves.

2.  Life is wonderful...and certainly beats the heck out of the alternative.

3.  Keeping your teeth tightly clenched today will probably save you from having to do a big bunch of apologizing tomorrow.

4.  The smell of cinnamon lifts the spirits.

5.  A little onion helps most recipes and, speaking of recipes, never start one that lists as a first ingredient any of the following:  2 cups of heavy cream, any amount of  leftover mashed potatoes, kohlrabi, beets or pig’s feet, pickled or otherwise.

6.  Marriage is a lot of fun, especially if you don't insist on having your way all the time.

7.  Having your own way is a lot of fun.

8.  Children do eventually grow up and they do move out and, when you force them, will come back and remove all their belongs from your basement.

9.  Worrying doesn't change anything except it makes you cranky and gives you wrinkles.

10. E-mail is fabulous, you can keep up with everyone you know, no matter where in the world they are, without having to locate a stamp.

11. A nice cup of tea makes you feel better....so does a nice glass of champagne.

12. One tomato plant in a big pot, in a sunny spot on your front porch will give you enough satisfaction, and tomatoes, to last you all summer and fall.

13. Dieting makes you almost as cranky as worrying and is usually just about as effective.

14. It is not possible to eat one peanut, one tortilla chip, one chocolate chip cookie.  It is possible to eat one carrot, one piece of broccoli or one brussel sprout.  Actually, it’s possible never to eat a brussel sprout...or peas.

15. “Please,” “thank you,” “I'm sorry,” and “you were right” are always very sweet to hear, and a real plus in getting along with others, especially people you happen to be married to.

16. Telling the complete and total truth in all situations makes other people want you to stay home by yourself....Honest!

17. Learning to enjoy football is far more rewarding than complaining about it.

18. Early morning walks, complimenting the Creator on His handiwork, are a great way to start the day.

19. Exercise feels wonderful...when it's over.

20. A good steak once in a while is fabulous, so let our arteries fend for themselves, and pass us that A-1 sauce while we still have our teeth!

21. It is possible to learn to program your DVR, or whatever recording device you’ve got,  and watching “Top Chef” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday is far more enjoyable than trying to watch it at 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

22. Praying does wonders for your attitude about any situation, whether it changes the situation or not.

23. If you floss your teeth and rotate your tires they'll both last longer.  Smiling makes your face last longer.

24. If discouraged, disappointed, disgusted or dismayed, go back to #1:   God is good and loves us in spite of ourselves.

And if you've married the right person, a splendid person who appreciates you and likes your cooking, is proud of everything you write; books, Kindle novelettes, blogs, newspaper columns; never gets annoyed or rolls his eyes when you endlessly point out sunrises, sunsets and flowers, and is ready to go out to dinner any time you say, "Let's go out!" and will go to movies you pick without complaining...too much, and will hug you and hold you when you're hurting, without telling you how to fix it, you'll be happy. I know I certainly have been, and am looking forward to the next fifty years!