Monday, March 30, 2015
A Real-Life Anniversary
I always tell Randy we're lucky we survived the honeymoon. He took me skiing at Keystone. He had been skiing before. I had not. He was smart enough to know that he shouldn't try and teach me himself. I took lessons the first day. I was miserable. It was late in March, and despite the snow all around, it was fairly warm, especially when repeatedly picking myself up from yet another fall. I had on ski overalls, a ski jacket, a scarf and gloves. I had too many layers for as hard as I was working. The warmer temperatures made the slopes icy. By lunchtime when we met, I was drenched in sweat and totally discouraged. Let's not ask Randy about what kind of mood I was in, OK?
It was his first true introduction to one of my less attractive peculiarities: I hate being bad at things. It was true as a high school sophomore in Algebra. It was true 34 years ago on a ski slope in Colorado. I know we can't be good at everything. But I'd sure like to be.
I did get a little bit better at skiing the next day and the day after that. As long as we stayed on the green slopes, I stayed upright ... most of the time. We actually went back to Colorado to ski several times after that, and I learned to like it.
To add to the honeymoon challenges, I had a horrible toothache one night. (I had my first root canal after we got back from the honeymoon. He should have examined my mouth for soundness prior to marrying me. Yes, I know he does that to cows now, but he was wise enough not to comment about that while on the honeymoon. He did make a reference to calving during our first labor and delivery experience. For you newlywed farm men: That's probably not the best choice of words to a wife in labor. Just a little free advice for you!)
But, we made it through the honeymoon. And on Saturday, we celebrated 34 years together by helping with an all-church clean-up. Do we know how to have a good time or what?!
But you know what? Those are the things that make a marriage. It's not about a wedding one day in a church in front of a bunch of friends and family, though I'm grateful for that celebration.
A marriage is made in the trenches, working together - whether that's on the farm ... or cleaning the church. It's about life and death. Joy and pain. Success and failure. Hospitals for celebration of births, for surgeries and for saying goodbye.