Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Thirty Years of Bliss

Today is my 30th anniversary.  Fortunately, it's Jerry's 30th anniversary, as well, or I wouldn't be celebrating.  Thirty years of joy, moving, laughter, worry, moving, love, family, panic attacks, moving, tragedy, celebration, stress, anxiety, moving, luxury, money worries, gardens, moving, ailments, celebrations, pouts, moving, blizzards, depression, glee, moving, more moving, and more of everything else that comes up in just about everyone's lives.

We celebrated our first anniversary with a large catered party in the elegant back garden of our Beacon Hill row house (we had that little one-bedroom apartment on the second floor).  I think we were both so surprised at the time to have maintained a relationship for an entire year that we thought we'd better mark the occasion.  Jerry said he had no doubts from the start that it would be forever.  I was convinced for a long time that, one of these days, he would realize what a huge mistake he had made.

We celebrated our 10th anniversary with a much larger catered party at our house in Guilford, Connecticut.  Ten years seemed liked forever at the time. We had a lot to celebrate.

So, here we are in Sevilla marking the beginning of our 31st year together.  I had thought we'd be in our apartment and hosting a party for our new friends to commemorate this latest milestone.  But that won't happen without "luz" and it's too hot to do much of anything anyway.  So, we have no big plans to mark this day except to spend it together.  And, for me, that's more than enough.


  1. Many congratulations boys! 30 years is something to be very proud of.

  2. Craig: Thanks. You would know!

    the island guy: Thanks!

  3. I couldnt be happier for thebothofyou! Congrats!

  4. Congratulations!
    What a great thing, a great RARE thing these days!

  5. Bob: And the good thing is, if we decide to divorce, we first have to live in Iowa for a year. This is definitely for keeps!

  6. Congratulations Mitch. Jerry is one very lucky man! Well actually you both are to have found one another, I hope for 30 more for you both.


  7. Scott:
    Thanks. Do you suppose we'll still be in Sevilla in another 30 years?

  8. Beautiful! I'm so happy for the both of you. I'm trying hard to catch up to you.
    Your Friend, m.

  9. Mark:
    I wish you many years of happiness. But, please don't catch up. That would mean we're dead!

  10. Mark:
    And another thing... Thanks for the music and Jerry says thanks, too. Very touching! (I saw Bill Withers at the Schaefer Music Festival in Central Park, July 1972!)

  11. This is so sweet. and a testiment to love....Congrats and hugs to you both

  12. Felicitations to both halves of this happy pairing. May the last three decades be a mere 'warm-up' to the next three!

  13. So happy for you two, one of my favorite couples. Here's to 30 more :)

  14. David:
    Thank you so much. It's been a wonderful day of nothing out of the ordinary (I suppose except that everything we're doing right now is out of the ordinary for us). Anyway, we will both happily accept those hugs!

    As my grandmother used to say, "From your mouth to God's ears," (and I can't believe I'm repeating that!)

    A million thanks to you!

  15. Very, very happy congratulations, Mitch (and Jerry)! Here's to many more years together...and to moving! :D

  16. Congrats to the both of you! You're both lucky to have found each other all those years ago.

    I think all the moving made the bond stronger, when one goes so does the other. "Bound at the hips" as we Dutch call it.

  17. Congratulations to you both. So incredibly cool to hear. 30 years. Amazing.

  18. Aw, you guys! Happy Anniversary! And spending it alone together sounds perfect. Enjoy, and here's to many more!

  19. A belated congratulations! 30 years, sadly that's just unheard of.
    They say if one can move and stay together then it's forever. And how many times have you successfully moved???
    When is Jerry going to write a guest post so we can get his side of the story?
    Again, many congatulations.

  20. Congratulations from me too - I hope you stay happy together forever !!

  21. Writer:
    Thank you! Still waiting for the next move into our apartment, but HAPPILY waiting together.

    Americans use that expression, too. Jerry and I have always felt that our first move from Boston to Los Angeles really helped to cement our relationship. But it doesn't always work that way!

    My mother's parents and Jerry's father's parents were both together 67 years. Something to shoot for.

    Walt the Fourth:
    It was a simple and romantic day. Nice! Thanks.

  22. Linda:
    Thanks for the congratulations. I was figuring in my head this morning and I think Jerry and I have lived in 22 places in 11 cities in the past 30 years. The new apartment here will be #23. So, now I'm exhausted. No guest post from Jerry; he might tell the real story!

  23. belated best wishes!
    all that bliss....
    I could have killed chris quite easily on at least a dozen occassions

  24. John:
    Jerry and I have NEVER EVER had an unpleasant moment. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!

  25. Congratulations, and wishes for a wonderful future. I just found your blog from a comment on Ken's, and I'm amazed by all the places you've lived!

  26. Kristi in the WR:
    Hi and welcome! Thanks for visiting and for the congratulations. I just read your most recent post and am thrilled for your good news... and will now have to read all so I know how you got to this place. Wishing you all the best!

  27. Congtulations, you two! I'm so glad to know both of you and you both truly are an inspiration to Eric and I as to what happiness and love is! Here's to many more! (am I supposed to pour myself a glass of that yummy almond sparkling wine you left me?)

  28. Happy 30th Anniversary to you both & may you have many more years to MOVE together in this life. Fabulous post! Cheers to you both!

  29. Natalie:
    Yes, pour yourself a glass of that wine (I'm glad it's yummy)! Love to both you and Eric. We hope to see you both here in Sevilla one day.

  30. Katherine:
    Thanks for all the good wishes. It's amazing that despite the fact that we're still in the midst of this move (no luz yet... but maybe today), the idea of moving again sounds like fun.


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