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25 Years and Counting: The Silver Anniversary

Silver Anniversary 25 YearsQuestion: How can you be happily married and still madly in love after 25 years?

Answer: Marry someone like Sam.

I’ll admit that when I was 21, I was far too inexperienced and naive to be a great judge of character and longevity. In many ways I just got really lucky.

While Sam did have a lot of serious things going for him in the potential spouse department (good looking, great kisser, sexy dancer, honest, ambitious, brilliant, educated, fun, faithful, happy, dependable, etc.), there were a lot of things I never thought to ask, like “What will you be like when I’m pregnant, gaining weight like a whale, and hanging over the toilet bowl wretching ever ten minutes for months on end?” Or “How will you respond when I’m tired and cranky and unfairly snap at you about something trivial?” Or “What will you do if I am diagnosed with a chronic, incapacitating disease?” Or “What happens when we are getting older and every minute isn’t exactly stimulating and exciting?”

These were the kinds of questions that I didn’t even think to ask. And they are the most important.

Here I am, 25 years from the day we promised to love each other (and no other) for ever and ever. And I am more in love with Sam than even on that most romantic and thrilling August day in 1985. He’s still my dream man. And I’m one lucky girl.

{ 16 comments… add one }
  • Arian August 9, 2010, 11:32 pm

    That’s worth celebrating. Hope you had a great day. Hope you’re still blogging on your golden anniversary.

  • Garret August 10, 2010, 5:06 am

    Got to admit that this kind of marriage is rare these days. You must have found the secret. But since I can’t marry Sam I’ll have to find another way to make this work. 😉

  • SueBee August 10, 2010, 10:05 pm

    Congratulations! May you have many more years of happiness together!

  • Rebecca August 10, 2010, 10:12 pm

    Congratulations! I know you will have many more years of happiness. It is a joy to be around you and Sam and anyone who knows you can see the love you two have for each other and for your family. You are an inspiration!

  • Alison Moore Smith August 10, 2010, 10:17 pm

    Thanks for the kind words everyone. Just popped over here to publish a new sponsored post and found a bunch of nice comments in moderation. Nice surprise.

    You’re right, Garret. You can’t have him. He’s mine. 🙂

    Rebecca, thanks so much. And thanks for posting here. 🙂

  • Janiel Miller August 10, 2010, 11:17 pm

    That. Is. Marvelous. You two are fantastic. Congratulations.
    Gorgeous picture.

  • Michelle August 10, 2010, 11:57 pm

    This is something worth celebrating, not just for you, but for us all. When a marriage can not just survive, but thrive, it makes the world a better place.

    Sounds kind of cheesy, but you know what I mean. Like someone said above, it’s becoming more rare to have marriages last and be cherished as yours obviously is.


  • Michelle August 10, 2010, 11:58 pm

    I meant yay for you, not that good marriages are rare. 😉 hehe

  • Alison Moore Smith August 11, 2010, 12:51 am

    Thanks, Janiel.

    Michelle, so glad you clarified. 😉

    And, yes, according to my 17-year-old daughter, Alana, we still make out all the time.

  • Alison Moore Smith August 11, 2010, 12:52 am

    But what I really want to know is why the Similar Posts plugin thinks The Perfect Toilet is closely related to this post?!!

  • SueBee August 11, 2010, 12:54 am


  • Tracy Keeney August 11, 2010, 8:50 am

    YAY!! Congratulations on your marital bliss!! And I LOVE that picture of you by the way. Lovely, lovely!

  • Uttoran Sen August 11, 2010, 12:57 pm

    congratulations 🙂
    25 years, that sounds like a very long time, specially when am not even 25 myself 😛
    wish you the very best of luck,
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  • Alison Moore Smith August 12, 2010, 1:57 pm

    Thanks so much everyone. It’s gone by in a blink.

  • Monica September 8, 2011, 2:07 am

    That is a gift. I always believe that for someone there is somebody and I knew that you have simply found the one for you. 25 years have been a long time being together yet I knew that you felt as if it was just yesterday that you have been together. I have been in love and heart broken many times of my life but I am would still be willing to take a risk to find the special someone I am destined for. I knew he is just there, he might not be the same as your Sam but hopefully he could be the one whom I will love and will love me even more.

  • Alison Moore Smith September 11, 2011, 5:22 pm

    Monica, what a sweet comment. I hope you find your soul mate, too. It truly is a blessing.

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