The longly-weds know
That it isn't about the Golden Anniversary at all,
but about all the unremarkable years
that Hallmark doesn't even make a card for.
It's about the 2nd anniversary when they were surprised
to find they cared for each other more than last year.
And the 4th, when both kids had chickenpox
and she threw her shoe at him for no real reason.
And the 6th when he accidentally got drunk on the way
home from work because being a husband and a father
was so damned hard.
It's about the 11th, 12th and 13th years when
they discovered they could survive crisis.
And the 22nd anniversary when they looked
at each other across the empty nest, and found it good.
It's about the 37th year when she finally
decided she could never change him
And the 38th when he decided
a little change wasn't that bad.
It's about the 46th anniversary when they both
bought cards, and forgot to give them to each other.
But most of all it's about the end of the 49th year
when they discovered you don't have to be old
to have your 50th anniversary.
I have to tell you that this session was quite possibly the cutest couple session I've ever done. These two classy folks met in Europe many years ago, fell in love and never looked back. They are in their 49th year of marriage and this session was a gift from their daughter in celebration Dad's 80th birthday. Happy Birthday Geoffrey!