Saturday, August 4, 2012

His Excuse for Everything!

Part II

August 5th, 1978 to August 5th, 2012:  Thirty four years of mostly happily ever after.  On this anniversary we celebrate by going to brunch at a historic hotel dining room and then will attend Roman Holiday at the Guthrie Theater.  The ticket for the play was a gift from our son for Christmas and my birthday 18 months ago, I was saving it for something special; this qualifies!  Yup, I'm HIGH MAINTENANCE!  I want our  anniversary the focus of life on this day each year!
Ten years ago I had the great idea that we should take turns planning the anniversary date.  He said, "Okay, but I don't want this to turn into some kind of contest each year."  At 24 years I said, "Oh no, I planned a trip to Door County, Wisconsin."  The next year, our Silver Wedding Anniversary, became HIS year to plan.  He shooed me out of the house for a month or so in the evenings telling me he was working on a project.  I believed him.
My 1957 Chevy Bel Air
On our anniversary morning I had an appointment and when I came home he said, "I need some help with the garage door."  Still oblivious, I followed him out of the house barefooted.  Our next door neighbor was outside but I dutifully watched as Mr. Wonderful pushed the garage door opener.  In  the middle of the garage was the car we had looked at but couldn't afford 18 months earlier!  I said, "Did you rent it for us for the day?!"  He handed me a silver engraved key ring and said, "It's yours!"  In the back seat a vintage radio was playing (wait for it) "Tammy's in Love." 

Now, I confessed, I'm high maintenance but not THAT HIGH!  He is romantic, but not THAT ROMANTIC!  The car I had wanted from the time I was in high school was the ultimate gift, next came a photo album with the first 25 years of our life together chronicled inside.  I got in the car and he took me to a park for lunch on silver rimmed china, silver rimmed crystal goblets!  Driving home again he told me that we were going to a Bed & Breakfast for the night!  Yup, 25 years of romance in ONE day.  Yes, I renewed his contract for the next 25 years.

It was an amazing anniversary, and completely shocking to me.  My beloved had purchased the car over a year before, stored it and waited through my having a job I hated, our son going through Basic Training and me being a train wreck waiting for his graduation, and a few other life issues that were not all that pleasant.  He told me that many times he almost weakened and thought about giving me the car before the 25th Anniversary.  I"m glad he waited.

So on this day and any other day, what is 'His Excuse for Everything'?  

 "I gave you a car once!"


  1. Happy anniversary! Wow! I definitely would say your husband outdid himself keeping that one a secret for so long. And it was even tied up with a bow. Fantastic! Sounds like you have another nice day planned. Enjoy! Tammy

  2. What a great story!! Lucky girl!! Oh, and a lucky boy too!!


  3. Now that is the way to celebrate a silver wedding anniversary! This is a great romantic story. Sounds like you are two peas in a pod. Happy Anniversary!

  4. Sounds good enough to me. Have a happy one!


  5. I am just going to lay here on the floor...I can't take it! The absotively posilutely bestest car and anniversary in the history of the world...I cannot come up with enough I won't!! I will just lay here and cry with greed...and then go back to bottling beans. =D

  6. Awww what a great guy!!!
    Happy Anniversary!
    I sure hope you can make it to my house on Sept 29th for the bloggers get together! It will be FUN!
    We are going to the Medina flea market in the AM... no estate sales today..
    Sure is a perfect day!

  7. LOL Shirley just took the words out of my mouth! And that's good, because my jaw is literally on the floor!
    Please tell him he deserves an award of some kind.
    Erica :)

  8. I am totally speechless....

    Think...."Shock and Awe..."


  9. OMG!! He is a keeper!! What a wonderful hubby you have!! Enjoy your anniversary tomorrow!!! Hugs,

  10. I needed to read this post. With the recent passing of my Aunt, seeing your precious car and hearing the amazing story behind it, just brings a huge smile to my face. Wishing you the happiest of anniversaries.

  11. OMG! That's amazing! I'm a little chocked up! How sweet. How wonderful! Congratulations on your anniversary. Love what you wrote about renewing his contract;)


  12. he is an amazing man for sure! congratulations!

  13. You've got a keeper!!! Love the story Tammy Doll!



  14. Tammy, I'm glad you renewed his contract for another 25 years. What an anniversary that must have been. You married amazing man!

  15. Oh, Tammy! That is the sweetest Anniversary story I've ever heard! Be still my heart! Your husband is a true charmer! I can see why you signed up for 25 more years...and, then another 25 years!!
    Your post put such a big smile on my face!
    Blessings and Happy 34th Anniversary!
    Carolynn {{Tammy's in Love!}}

  16. Tammy the car is the sweetest and a true treasure!! Such a wonderful man you are married to!! The Lord ha blessed you both with such an amazing marriage! xo Heather

  17. Happy belated Anniversary! What an adorably sweet story! You have such a lovely blog! :)
    Have a wonderful week!

  18. Wow, you have such a wonderful husband!! Lovely story.

  19. Soooooo special! What a sweet car and husband you have! You are stylin' in that thing!

  20. Yes, he's a keeper! I can't wait to see what he does for the 50th Anniversary. He's probably working on it already.


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