55th Wedding Anniversary

December 30, 1955
Assumption Catholic Church
Charlotte, North Carolina

December 30, 2005
About Time Exhibition
Gallery 10, Washington, DC
(an abacus Jim and I made using images from our 50 years together.)

Like many, I make my art, collages or stories, from bits and pieces of my personal journey.

I will turn 75 in July - we were 19 and 24 on our wedding day.
Look at that math.
Jim and I have been together more than half our lives.
Our 55 years together is the heart of my life and story.

Were we doing it over - Jim and I probably would not want to get married between Christmas and New Years - its not great timing. But at the time it was perfect timing. Jim was a third year medical student at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He had a semester break then. Time to ride the train to Charlotte, get married, and bring a wife back to an apartment they had picked out.

We moved into that apartment on North Washington Street, in the shadow of the hospital with two suitcases. It will take several dumpsters and a truck to move us out of our house - where we have lived for forty one years. Along with the accumulated
stuff we have collected a rich treasure trove of memories.

A long marriage is a sweet blessing. You share each others lives, histories and memories. We often complete each other's sentences - or will say first what the other was thinking.
That connection is hard-won.
Swords as well as roses litter the road.

I am grateful we never let go of each other.


Dianne said...


Karen said...

A truly lovely story...still in the making.

Many blessings to you both,

Geraldine Buckley said...

Congratulations! Your marriage is inspirational! It is wonderful to see your deep friendship as well as your love. Mazeltov!

Unknown said...

Sweet story and lovely pictures. Your commitment and love for each other is wonderful for all who know you. We love you both so much. Congratulations and enjoy the journey that continues in 2011!