Sunday, January 11, 2009

Birthdays & Anniversaries

My husband and I celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary yesterday. Today is his 59th birthday. When asked about the day-before-his-birthday wedding, he likes to say,

"One day I was 24 and single, the next, 25 and married."

This usually gets alot of laughs.

It is daunting, however, to realize we've been married such a long time and are now just this side of 60. I often feel as though I'm living someone else's life. We just can't be this old nor have been together so long. I mean, weren't we just in our twenties?

A favorite movie scene comes to mind in "Meet Joe Black". Anthony Hopkins plays a Rupert Murdoch-style media mogul whose new and mysterious house guest, played by Brad Pitt, is really the Angel of Death, Joe Black. The Angel of Death is on holiday but he'll soon be returning to the netherworld with Hopkins in tow. The Hopkins character is well aware of that fact. His 65th birthday party on his Long Island estate is in full swing when he takes the stage to thank his guests, ending his speech with this wonderful quote,

"I wish that all of you will be as lucky as me, to be able to wake up one day and say 'I don't need anything more'...65 years, gone in a blink."

While searching for this scene from the movie, which I never found, I came across this quote from another blog:

"This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you DO today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you have left behind... let it be something good." - Author Unknown

1 comment:

Nancy said...

I have been feeling the fleeting of time myself. It is really weird to know that the mind does not actually age. All those elderly people have the same mind. Brain and body have moved on, but the mind stays the same. I am feeling the passing of time. (It waits for no one.)

Congratulations on 34 years. He must be an amazing man!