Twenny years today

Today is a big milestone.

20 years married today.

It has not been ALL easy, there have been a few trials and tribulations, a few sicknesses and health, but all in all it’s been pretty damn good.

Pics from way back when, appropriately sanitised for web publication:

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I was certainly a scrawny bloke back then. These days I’m at least 10 kg heavier. I still have that suit, but there is no way on this earth that I fit into it. The trousers won’t close, and the jacket is way to small. Married life, and spending about 6 years doing building work around the house each weekend mean that I’m quite a different shape now.

She Who Must Be Obeyed, on the other hand, still fits into the wedding dress. That’s in spite of two children and spending those same 6 years being my weekend builders labourer :)

Don’t ask what the secret is to lasting this long in the modern world where marriages struggle to go for more than a few years. I don’t know the answer. I just know we get along pretty well.

Praps SWMBO will comment with her answer, some time.


Congratulations for a wonderful 20 years. You both are a credit to your parents [says he modestly] and you are both extremely fortunate to have found each other when you were young.
I know I could not be happier in the choice you both made and let’s hope that it all continues on ‘until death do us part etc”.

Dad & Mum

Comment by Dad | March 7th, 2007 7:05 pm | Permalink

Congratulations Wally! Marriage ain’t always easy as you stated, but rather is an interesting changing road. Having just reached my 10th anniversary last month, and knowing that most of my friends have been married/divorced in this period….(and not to mention bitter buggers!) I do consider a lasting marriage a rare thing and amazing thing. Congratulations to both of you and I hope you enjoy a nice red this evening!

Comment by AndrewD | March 7th, 2007 7:07 pm | Permalink

Congratulations Wally and SWMBO. (I deliberately include you both because it takes two.)

As a veteran of half as many years again, I can confirm that there are good times and bad, but the good outweighs the bad. My secret is to always have the last word in any argument. The last word I always have is “Dear” and it is always preceded by “Yes”.

Another good tip is clear communication. Here’s an example.

And finally, Wally, never doubt SWMBO’s intelligence. After all, look who she chose to marry.

Comment by MikeFitz | March 7th, 2007 10:27 pm | Permalink

Congratulations to you both. You can’t share your life and everything in it with someone if that person is not your best friend. Friends are allowed to argue, yell and pull faces at each other. I have a rule of never leaving the other without resolving a blu. I feel for people who don’t manage to find that special person who they can share so much with for so long. Hope you both enjoy another 20 years together then another 20 :)

I also hope that 20 years ago you did not fall over anything because of those funny face masks you wore on “the day” :D

Comment by Phil.H | March 11th, 2007 2:08 pm | Permalink

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