Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Twenty Years Ago Today

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Twenty years ago today, on September 11 (years before that date became associated with something less happy) I got married to Julie Zickefoose here in Marietta, Ohio at St. Luke's Lutheran Church.

We had a light-hearted wedding with music on guitar and piano and fiddle—and got hitched on the upswing of the clock for good luck. Afterwards we repaired (with 200 of our closest family and friends) to the Whipple, Ohio farm Julie and I already owned and we had more music and a pig roast, or as we called it (to sound "more fancier" a rĂ´ti de cochon)

It was an incredible, life-changing day.

We were standing on the precipice of our lives, looking into the future...

Here we are (below) two years after the wedding, birding at Ding Darling NWR in Florida. I'll spare you the Then and Now comparison.

(photo by our dear friend, the late Dr. Hugh P. Smith).  

It's been a wonderful two decades—not always easy, of course. Then again, what is? One thing that sticks with me is just how fascinating and fascinated Julie really is. I'm fortunate to have shared this journey with her.

And now we are four.

Today I am thinking about happy things and beloved family and friends, and feeling lucky as heck to be right here, right now.


On September 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM cyberthrush said...

...and the world is a luckier place that you two found each other!

On September 15, 2013 at 5:32 PM robin andrea said...

Happy Anniversary. Twenty years is a good long time to be in love. And, it's just the beginning! Wishing you many more decades of happiness.

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