I love to celebrate all kinds of anniversaries. Graduations showers, weddings, baby arrivals, friend’s birthday’s and even dog birthdays. We’re without one now but I have all of those happy days of all seven of our family pets.
Anniversaries of the heart include that first recital, first date, first kiss, first formal, first dance.
But I’m also thinking of the first time I saw the Rocky Mountains. I was 14, a child of the Midwest, and the Ozarks were the biggest hills I had ever seen. Excited, breathless, overwhelmed with the sight of that summer camp was repeated again with the first sight of the Atlantic shores, rolling mountainous walls of water. And now I have swum in many oceans of this incredible planet. The first plane ride was a thrill. Big jumbos to four-seaters and even tears seeing the blue bands of color all the way down to the ocean floor from the small window of the Concord.
Gail Sheehy wrote a popular book titled Passages in which she explored landmark seasons and events in our lives. We also memorialize dates of a loved one’s death, national tragedies, storms,international disasters. Perhaps the first time we saw real gripping poverty, or disease. Or the first time you read a book that transported you to a new world.
I wish I had kept a list like my friend did of the years she had read books that opened new windows on the world. Yes, there are so many reasons to celebrate anniversaries of the heart that have made us who we are today. And we are celebrating today 62 years ago when we said I Do!
JOYCE CARR STEDELBAUER
THE AWESOME ALPHABET ANIMAL PARTY
HAVE YOU MET EVE?
HAVE YOU SEEN THE STAR?
WHO ROLLED THE STONE?
WHERE ARE YOU ADAM?