Monday, July 6, 2015

#MicroblogMondays: 30

Our wedding cake. It was actually made of Styrofoam and rented (!)
although I bought the topper as a keepsake (and still have it).
We did make, wrap & hand out pieces of traditional fruitcake to our guests.
This past Christmas, my dad found a bag full of pieces in the freezer!
We'd saved some for the christening of our first baby.
(You all know how THAT worked out...)
(I told Dad to throw it out -- but I did get a photo first, lol.)   
(This is probably too long to qualify as a true "microblog" post -- but hey, it's Monday!)  ;) 

Back in the 1960s, when the first wave of Baby Boomers were in their teens and 20s (and 30 seemed a LONG way off, lol), a popular catchphrase was "Never trust anyone over 30."  Back then, the generation gap was such that 30 seemed positively ancient.

Well, today my marriage officially turns 30 years old. And while part of me thinks that it seems like just yesterday, I have to admit that 30 years is a long, LONG time. Case in point: there was a feature on the news this week marking 30 years (on July 1st) since cellphone service was introduced to Canada -- complete with photos of politicians brandishing portable phones as big as bricks (although it was another 10 years or so before dh & I actually owned one).

Our wedding & honeymoon week coincided with both Wimbledon (we always know it's our anniversary when Wimbledon news starts to dominate the sports pages) and the LiveAid concerts in both London and Philadelphia that raised money for African famine relief.  (Some things, sadly, have not changed enough.) 

We had a lot of dreams and plans for our life together back then.  Some have worked out, some haven't (most notably, of course, our assumption that we would have a family -- someday, if not right away). And there have been some unexpected twists and turns along the way.

Heck, a lot has changed just since our 29th anniversary last July. Dh had already lost his job back in April 2013;  by mid/late July, I was out of work too, thrust into early retirement a few years earlier than either of us had ever imagined. (Nothing quite like retirement to make you realize your age and the passage of time...!) 

I'll admit this past year hasn't always been easy. We already spent a LOT of time together -- more than most couples we know -- but during the work day, we went our separate ways and did our own thing(s). These days, we are together almost 24-7.  No matter how much you love each other, having your own time and space is important, and we're still working on finding that balance. We're slowly getting the hang of this retirement thing and figuring out what we'd like the next few decades to look like.

A 30-year anniversary may not have quite the Hallmark cachet of 25, 40 or 50, but it's definitely a milestone worth celebrating!  Since it's prime tourist season ( = $$$ -- not to mention hordes of people everywhere)(as I've said before to friends, whose idea was it to get married the first week of July, with both Canadian & American tourists marking national holidays -- not to mention the end of school -- and running amok across the continent??), we decided to forego a big trip for now, but might still do something special later this year, or perhaps next winter, when we'll probably be in dire need of a getaway. ;) 

That said, we're not letting the occasion go by completely unmarked. ;)  I'll let you know how we celebrated later.

Many years ago, journalists would write " --30-- " at the end of their stories to signal, well, the end -- that the story was over -- and the copy boys watching the teletype machines would know to rip off the story at that point & deliver it to the editor's desk. This is what I was taught in journalism school, 30+ years ago.  I am not sure whether the practice survived many years after that.

In this case, though, it feels like 30 is only the beginning -- the beginning of a new phase of our life together, and just the preamble to at least 30 more. :)

Happy anniversary, dh.  :)

29 (2014) -- no post (??)
28 (2013)
27 (2012)
26 (2011)
My wedding
25 years (2010)
24 years (2009)
23 years (2008)

You can find more of this week's #MicroblogMondays posts here         


  1. Congratulations on your 30th wedding anniversary! I agree, 30 is not the end, but a great beginning. So many adventures still to be had. And I love your wedding cake, even if it's made of styrofoam (genius idea)--it's so beautiful!

  2. Happy anniversary to you and your DH!

    You should celebrate the 30th anniversary by travelling to a country that includes word "love" .

    kind regards from sLOVEnia ;)


  3. Happy 30th wedding anniversary!!!! What a milestone!! Wishing you and DH many, many more.

  4. Happy Anniversary, Loribeth and DH! I'm sure that however you celebrate today will be awesome!

  5. Oh yes! Happy Anniversary, and Happy 30 Years More too! A 30th is very special, if you ask me. There are ten long years until the next "special" anniversary, and 30, no matter what anyone says, is a real milestone. I'm glad you're going to do something to mark these 30 years. Every year together and happy is worth celebrating.

  6. Happy happy happy anniversary. I hope you two are having a wonderful day. If the trip comes in the future, even more sweet that you get the time leading up to it to look forward to it.

  7. I love this ... the 30 as the journalistic end, but as your personal beginning. Happy anniversary, and wishing you many more!

  8. 1. Congratulations. 30 is quite a feat. 2. My youngest celebrates her 30th birthday in a few months. 3. My son (over 30) is in a Shakespeare play that has re-set the stage to the early to mid-80s. Lots of "what was going on 30 years ago?" kind of talk. Fun stuff.
    4. Congratulations. Such a feat, bears saying twice. Whatever you wind up doing, have a blast.

  9. Happy 30th anniversary! What a milestone it is! Wishing you many more lovely memories to come.

  10. This was beautiful. Thank you for sharing. Happy Anniversary!
    Stopping by from Microblog Monday

  11. Congratulations on your 30th wedding anniversary!

  12. Happy Belated Anniversary!! What a wonderful milestone!