As I mentioned in a previous post, both Melissa and I have been married before. I was with my first wife for nine years and Melissa was with her first husband for seven years. I think we would both agree that our first marriages were extremely painful toward the end, perhaps only exceeded by the disaster of pain caused by divorcing our respective partners. I can’t speak for Melissa, but my first marriage is a price I would gladly pay again if I knew then what was in store for me the second time. Until I married Melissa I had no idea what a great gift marriage truly is. Using a metaphor with which I am intimately familiar, my marriage to Melissa is exactly like nurturing a sickly plant in good, deep, fertile soil, except instead of a plant what she nurtures is my soul. In no small part, I am what I am today thanks to her.
On Friday of this week, Melissa and I celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary. In honour of this, and in addition to our regularly scheduled photos of contented retirees, I have included a few favourite photos of mine which I hope capture some of the fun we manage to get up to while doing what we love !
Melissa, thank you for being my wife. I love you very much !! Happy Anniversary !
Melissa, Jason, Bear and Trooper, September 2008
Bear with an audience floating in our pool, Orwell, VT, August 2005. Bear LOVED jumping from the deck onto the raft and floating around while we swam and played !
Our child Bear, Melissa and Bridget, Orwell VT, May 2005
Melissa with Oreo the cat on a rope in our front yard, Orwell VT, April 2005. Oreo didn’t lead well…surprise, surprise !
Bugle meets Bonnie…my absolute favourite pic ! March 26, 2004. Bonnie is 8 hours old in this photo. Note the insolent expression which persists to this day !
Faune and Winston
Slinky, Lightening, Chili and O’Reilly
Ivan and Tony trotting up the hill together
Apollo and Hemi walking down the hill together
Lightening and Teddy
Lexi and Norman enjoying a grooming session . . .
. . . and just hanging out together