February 14th is a special day for my husband & I as we celebrate another anniversary. Milestone anniversary? No, but they're all special when you've been married as long as we have. We don't take any of them for granted. When we met in the early 70's, my husband was a young 2nd Lt. in the USAF attending pilot training, and I was a college student working at the local Base Exchange. He asked me out on a date and we were married six months later.
In the 70's the world was a much different place... There were Hippies, Flower Power, and Student Protests. The conflict in Vietnam came to a close and the troops and POW's came home. I wore hot pants, bell bottom hip hugger pants, and bra-less halter tops! We watched a lot of drama on TV with All My Children and all the other daytime soaps. We communicated the old fashioned way through hand written letters and telephone calls. More importantly there were no home computers, no cell phones, and people could really get away from it all right at home AND on vacation. There were less distractions and no FaceBook with its' constant lure to see what your friends are up to. Bread was 39 cents a loaf! My husband's paycheck as a 2nd Lt. was $600! Our monthly food budget was under $100! We could go out for a nice steak dinner with all the trimmings for $10... for both of us! Gosh, I could go on and on... But I won't. It's just nice that I have my husband to share all these memories with.
We've had lots of wonderful anniversary celebrations over the years. Some in far flung places such as Hawaii and Tahiti but many more right here at home. As the years pass and we get older we look back fondly and remember the good old days when we were newly weds, young parents, new empty-nesters, and now we are facing the retirement years. It's been a good life and I wouldn't trade it for all the tea in China! And I wouldn't trade our relationship for any other...
So Happy Valentine's Day, Honey! And Happy Anniversary, too!
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