Happy Anniversary !
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 !
Jason and Sparky, November 2009…Melissa often wonders which one is the donkey and which one is the ass…. 🙂
Bonnie, Jason, Melissa, Lexi, September 2008
Bonnie, September 2008
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
Lexi, April 2004
Bonnie with her mother Gabby, April 3, 2004 [hotographed by yours truly on my first trip to Middle Tennessee
Retirement, golf in the morning, swimming in the afternoon . . . Homer says it is all very tiring.