Many things swirl in my head today; covid-19, peaceful demonstrations/protests, riots, vandalism, looting, burned buildings. Many things I’ve seen before as a child and thought we were beyond all of that as a society. Sure, I knew there were still pockets of all of these things, but I thought, as a whole, we had learned the lessons that would take us to a better life for everyone. I guess that is still a possibility, that all of this unrest is not our way of life and the media of course is going to focus on whatever gets attention. But I will admit that it’s worse than I thought, and certainly worse than it should be.
But amid all of these thoughts are pleasant and happy thoughts. We’re enjoying spending extra time with our daughter, son-in-law and new granddaughter and today, June 8, Robin and I celebrate 46 years of marriage. I remember funny things from our wedding night. As Robin stood outside the church our good friend, Bill, cranked his Harley Davidson motorcycle for the first time since rebuilding it. I didn’t hear it; I was already standing in place and was a nervous wreck anyway. Once we left the church, I stopped at a gas station to clean the car windows that our wedding party decorated for us. We had a four-hour drive to Calloway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Ga for our honeymoon; and I got lost. So, we were late getting to Pine Mountain. We saw a police car and asked him for directions to our motel and he just said “follow me.” So, we had a police escort to our honeymoon site.
Fond memories of a great day in my life, but we have 46 years of fond memories and some memories that are almost unbearable to recall. But that’s what life is, isn’t it? It is experiences both good and bad and we hope the good outweighs the bad. It certainly has for me, and I’m so thankful for my life and my wife.
Even amid all the turmoil I’m reminded of a line from John Denver’s 1975 song, “Today”: “A million tomorrows shall all pass away ‘ere I forget all the joy that is mine today.”
Happy anniversary Robin!! I love you!