I can't believe it's been thirty years, but then I can't believe a lot of things that happen. Which proves that belief and reality are not necessarily compatible.
Who would have thought the marriage would last, with a 23-year difference in ages? When I began meeting Jack's long-time friends during our brief engagement, they--almost without exception--took me aside at cocktail parties to caution me to be good to Jack, because he was a wonderful person. Everyone around him was protective of him, which was wonderful. But it puzzled me a bit, since I was crazy about him. After the first few encounters, I became a bit sensitive, wondering what they all knew that I didn't. Later I understood they were merely being protective.
We made it, and are still a team. We've been through a lot of tough times, and survived. Each day brings new experiences and surprises. And our families have grown and flourished, providing us with a never-ending supply of enjoyment and delight. Because of divorce, we have extra family members who are as precious as the rest.
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We've lived in the Phoenix area for over 20 years, and generally can count on the 4th of July as a gauge of the summer monsoons. These aren't the monsoons that other parts of the world experience. Rather, it's a time when dry air becomes a memory, and moist air, cloudy weather, and violent thunderstorms wreak havoc on the area. And the people. At any rate, the monsoons made a June debut, and we were on vacation. No problem.
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Polite Present: Manual of Good Manners, 1831
Excerpts from a charming, serious 2 1/2" x 4" book published in 1831 by Munroe & Francis.
AT HOME: Never speak to your parents without some title of respect, as Sir, Madam, &e. Dispute not, nor delay to obey your parent's commands. Go not out of doors without your parents' leave; and be sure to return by the limited time.
Never grumble, nor show discontent at any thing your parents appoint, speak, or do. If any command or errand is given you to perform, do it with cheerfulness and alacrity. This shows a good disposition and gentlemanly character.