It feels like just yesterday!
I seem to remember my grandparents and great aunt and uncles celebrating their 40th wedding anniversaries, many years ago, and my overriding memory is that they were all really old!
My siblings celebrated my parent’s 40th with a dinner but I didn’t seem to think of my parents as all that old at the time, maybe because I was older.
And now it seems I am old too, as the Mathematician and I celebrate our 40th anniversary today. It seems just like yesterday that we had the wedding!
But the funny thing is I don’t feel old, and I definitely don’t feel like I’ve been married for THAT long!
Then and Now…
Just this week I came across this passage about marriage, it jumped out at me:
Yes it’s boring and crazy and funny and sad….it’s also a lifetime together, a real commitment and well worth all the ups and downs.
You can read last year’s anniversary post here for more wedding memories and photos – 14245 days later
Celebrating 40 years
This year we are in London for our anniversary, at the end of our two months away from home visiting our daughter and her partner and our newest granddaughter Dottie. We fly home to Australia tomorrow. It is one anniversary we will always remember!
We are also counting our blessings, as of this moment, our house is still standing, despite three near misses with the ferocious bushfires burning in our hometown of Tumbarumba. I wrote about the fires recently and how hard it is to be on the other side of the world watching it all unfold from a wet, green country.
I’m thankful to have been able to spend so much time with our daughter and Dottie, who I am pleased to say is thriving. She’s now over 4kg and laughing and smiling at us all. Considering she was born at 25 weeks weighing 845grams, she is our little miracle baby!
Our daughters back at home have had their own issues with smoke and dreadful air quality, pregnancy issues and worrying about their Grandmother in the fire zone as well as fear for our family home and the community. They’ve been very brave and supportive and I’m very proud of them.
We have been seriously worried about our house and our town, and we’re thankful to all the brave firefighters, but also worried about the impact these fires are having on people’s mental health. The constant state of anxiety, adrenaline pumping and fear takes a toll. Our town is still cut off with locals not advised to return home any time soon, there’s no power, limited services and apparently we’re not out of danger of the fires just yet. It’s been very hard for everyone and it’s not easing from the sounds of things. But we know we are very lucky!
What exactly does ruby represent for a 40th wedding anniversary?
Enshrouded in traditional symbolism, the 40th anniversary is known as the ruby anniversary. When given for an anniversary, it signifies the loyal devotion of a long married pair. Google Search
I think that sums it up very well and I’m tempted to look for a nice ruby ‘something’ for our anniversary as a token of all we’ve been through. Any suggestions?
Thanks for all your love – it certainly makes the world go round.
Sunday Stills is run by Hugh this week, with the theme of OLD. This is one of my favourite shots from Glastonbury Tor, a very old and historical location in Somerset. It’s quite fitting that it’s a shot looking up at the sky through St Michael’s Tower – I’m all for things looking up!
And less of the OLD!
Stay well and hug those dear to you. Happy anniversary to us both 🙂
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