Thursday, July 21, 2011

In life we search, and some of us find

Once again, you may have noted, we’ve hit one of those work-related vortexes that has sapped us of either time or inspiration for broadcasting our thoughts and grievances to the world. This may change soonishly (if so, though, on the other side of an upcoming vacation), so please, dear readers, don’t abandon us completely. There will be some interesting stuff on the other side of this silence.

There have, obviously, been no shortage of things worth commenting on in the last few weeks, from the Women’s World Cup to the Euro crisis, though I have to admit not having a great deal original to say on either score (either than, respectively, ‘wow!’ and a series of incoherent, anguished screams).

There is, however, something far more important that I wanted to note today: our tenth wedding anniversary.

This seems hard to believe, as it feels like not all that long ago that we gathered with a few friends for a small, low-key ceremony in the charming registry office in Trier where we tied our particular knot. (Said office is found in the 11th century ‘Turm Jerusalem’ (Jerusalem Tower) which has in its foyer, as I recall, a first edition of Das Kapital in a glass display case...Marx was a hometown boy, you see.)

I didn’t, in fact, understand a great deal of the ceremony (I had only arrived in Germany a month before and was somewhat ill-prepared, linguistically); however, I made sure to say ‘Ja’ at that point when all the German-speakers in the room looked at me expectantly.

That, it seems, was enough.

When I think about what we (and the world) have been through since that day, I find it makes me want to sit down and take a few deep breaths, as it has been quite extraordinary. (Though it’s all gone rather better for us personally than for the world at large.)

So, I just wanted to say -- before the whole world, now and forever -- that there’s no one with whom I’d rather walk through this life than the wonderful woman I found so many years ago (or who found me, I’m not so sure any more).

Happy anniversary, my dearest wife, partner, friend and lover.

Hit it George...



8 comments:

The Honourable Husband said...

Love to you both.

Frau Mahlzahn said...

Woah, congratulation! Ten years -- _and_ a husband who remembers the wedding anniversary, ;-).

Although I shouldn't be the one talking, since usually I am the one in the habit of forgetting ours (fourteen years and three days ago). By the way, I didn't simply say "Ja" but a daring "Ja, gerne!", ;-).

So long,
Corinna

So, enjoy the day!

John Carter Wood said...

Many thanks!

Francis Sedgemore said...

Happy anniversary, my Tscherman friends, and a big hug to you both!

Geoff Coupe said...

Ah, the "Ja" word. I remember it well. All the rights and responsibilities distilled down to a single affirmative monosyllable. Here's to the next ten years for you both...

John Carter Wood said...

Thanks Francis and Geoff!

mikeovswinton, feeling old. said...

Congratulations. But you (and Frau Mahlzahn) may care to bear in mind that a point comes where partners receive points for NOT remembering because the number is so high......

Marcellina said...

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!