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Monday, October 10, 2011

36 Years Ago Today

...I said: I sure do.

It might seem like a long time, but we can recall the smallest details like it was yesterday.

On our wedding day:

• the family dog followed me around nervously as I packed my bags.

• Heading to the courthouse, it was rainy and gloomy, but the sun came out as we descended the steps as husband and wife.

• and my family tricked us into believing that we were just going to stop off at the house for a bite to eat before we went on our honeymoon--in Canada. They threw the most beautiful wedding luncheon I've ever been to in my life. All in secret, and all made from scratch.

Greg was a nervous groom. I got over my jitters two weeks earlier when I came down with hives. Yes. Hives! My boss at the time was friends with the leading dermatologist in the country and she made him see me right away. 

He gave me some meds and said the welts would go away in a month. I nearly stopped breathing. I told him I was getting married in two weeks. 

--so he gave me something that took away the rash in two days. :cue happy bride:

We were married by an elderly black woman judge (back in the day when such a combination was rare indeed) and she was as mean as a wolverine. LOL. I wish every judge was like her. She did everything she could to talk us out of getting married. Scared the dickens out of me.

That dear, sweet judge is probably dead by now, but I wish I could visit with her again to thank her and assure her those two dumb kids did all right.

Thirty-six years and counting.

Changes are afoot for this blog and the writing front. I'll go into more detail Wednesday, but you might be seeing less of me in the coming months on the social circuit.


Sarita said...

Congratulations! I love hearing wedding day stories. You've given me the first smile of the day. Thank you.

Have you got any special plans for your special day?

Angelina Rain said...

Congrats! 36 years is a long time, congrats on making it work.

Maria Zannini said...

Sarita: We celebrated yesterday. Today I just sent him off to his place in east Texas and I'll be leaving in a few minutes for physical therapy.

My wish is that next year we both stay put in one house.

Angelina: Marriage is the ultimate work-in-progress. :)

L.G.Smith said...

Congratulations indeed! And, yes, it is the ultimate work-in-progress, isn't it?

Marguerite Butler said...

Quite an achievement! Congrats to you and Greg. Here's hoping for both of you under one roof soon.


PS. Did you get as much rain as we did? It completely *filled* our small tank. Yay!

Shirley Wells said...

Happy anniversary to you and Greg. Those two dumb kids certainly did all right, didn't they? Here's to many more happy years together!

Krista D. Ball said...

36 years ago?? Wow. You and Greg got married while you were both still in the womb??

raelynbarclay said...

CONGRATS to you both! And wishing you many, many more years together.

Kerri Cuev said...

36 years is a GREAT reason to celebrate! May you have many more!

Angela Brown said...

It just boggles my mind to know that you are old enough to be married for 36 years.

Even if you and Greg got hitched at the tender age of 14, which is probably legal in a quaint village near Nepal, it would be difficult. You guys seem so extra lively, active and robust that it's crazy to me. But 36 years is a blessing. It's even more so because it's very evident that the love you both share has only grown over the years.

I with you many, many more years to come :-)

Dru said...

Happy Anniversary and Congratulations to you both on a long marriage. This makes me smile.

Mike Keyton said...

Many congratulations both.

And I hope the changes to your 'writing' are positive and all to the good.

Maria Zannini said...

LG: All other wip's pale by comparison. LOL.

Marguerite: I don't think we got as much rain as you guys, but I'm grateful for what there was.

Shirley: When I look at pictures of ourselves back then, it scares me we were so 'dumb'.

Krista: Yup. That's what I tell people. :)

Thank you, guys!

Angela: I swear to you it amazes me I'm not twenty anymore. Aside from stuff falling off me, I really do feel twenty.

Mike: You caught that, did ya? I think it's positive for me--how's that?

Maria Zannini said...

Dru: How did I miss you? :P Thank you for all the good wishes.

Live Out Loud said...

36 years - congrats! I love hearing wonderful things like that. Congratulations!!!

I hope the writing change is good,too. I'll have to check back Wednesday and see what you're up to!

Shelley Munro said...

Congratulations to you both, Maria. 36 years is a milestone I aspire to. I love your wedding story.

Maria Zannini said...

Live Out Loud: It'll be more writing, less socializing, I'm afraid.

Shelley: I love reading about old couples who reached their 70th anniversary. The stories they could tell! I don't know if we'll make 70, but we've amassed quite a few stories so far. ;-)

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

Congrats! What a sweet story! And i'm excited to hear about these upcoming changes

Carrie Butler said...

Happy Anniversary, Maria! :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Happy Aniversary. We're coming up on 30 next year. Hope you're still around sometimes.

Mason Canyon said...

Congratulations and wishing you many, many more happy years together.

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Barbara Ann Wright said...

Congrats! That's very awesome. And the first time I read this post, I accidentally read: "Scared the chickens out of me." Not for long, apparently.

My husband giggles when nervous. He did that all through the ceremony. ^_^

Maria Zannini said...

Sarah: During my convalescence I did a lot of thinking. --that's always a dangerous thing.

Carrie: Thank you!

Susan: It goes by so fast. One day you're two giddy kids and the next AARP sends you Christmas cards.

Mason: Thank you! And thanks for stopping by.

Barbara: As long as he didn't giggle during the honeymoon. :)

jackie b central texas said...

Maria "HIVES", only you! Congratulations and here is to those last years to 70+, may they be as sweet and have as many good memories for you and Greg as this first 36 do!

More writing, less socializing sounds like it is good for us fans of reading your books but not so good for those who love to hang out and read Tank, Iko and Chicken stories. (Since I fall in both categories will cheerfully take the books and hope for a few personal tidbits on the blog as time permits you).

"Mean Judge" love that she did not talk you two out of getting hitched, our preacher did not manage us two dumb kids either and here we are 30 years in December and still not killed each other, yet.

Jenny Schwartz said...


and now I'm curious about the changes...

Stacy said...

Happy Anniversary, Maria! I love hearing your stories because it is clear that you and Greg are still very much enjoying each other after 36 years and that's wonderful.

I look forward to seeing the changes to come as I know that since it's you, they will be worth waiting for!

Tracy Jo said...

Happy Anniversary!! That is a beautiful accomplishment. It makes my heart smile hearing love stories. :-)

Maria Zannini said...

Jackie: My stress always manifests itself physically in some way. Oy. I REALLY had cold feet two weeks before the wedding. Greg got cold feet the day of the wedding. Somehow, we got over it. :)

Jenny: Some of it I'm still trying to sort out, but others are already in the planning stages.

Stacy: You always make me feel special. You honor me.

Tracy Jo: Thank you! I couldn't have done it without him. :)

Cate Masters said...

Congrats on sharing 36 years with such a wonderful partner. Hubby and I are coming up on 34 next month. :) I never imagined we'd be the Ozzie and Harriet of our kids' friends, lol.
Love the details of your wedding day. Especially Mother Nature putting you in the spotlight on your first appearance as a married couple. Wishing you many more years of happiness!

LD Masterson said...

Well, I'm a day late but the wish is sincere - Happy Anniversary and here's to the next 36 years.

Maria Zannini said...

Cate: Ah, another one who was married in the womb. Congrats!

Linda: You've done more time than me.

PS Hope you're getting better. Please rest.

Marian Perera said...

Whoa, Maria, you've been married longer than I've been ALIVE.

That is cause for many congratulations.

So... many, many congratulations! :)

Maria Zannini said...

Marian: Ref: Whoa, Maria, you've been married longer than I've been ALIVE.

Kinda sobering, huh? :)