Wednesday, April 04, 2007

3 April 1982

On that day she was beautiful! (She still is). And I was amazed and delighted that Jenny agreed to marry me. The service was conducted by the Rev Ray Light – one of my life’s mentors. I and my two bestmen had contracted raging pinkeye (conjunctivitis). So we stood at the front of the church wearing dark glasses to help protect our painful eyes. So the stunning princess married the Mafioso!

Since then we have certainly had our ups and downs. I remember a very difficult time after the birth of Jessica, our second daughter. Jenny was struggling with post-partum depression, and we were struggling with a very fractious child . It took us 9 months to discover that Jessica had an inner ear infection, and longer to find medication to restore Jenny’s hormonal balance. And more recently we have been in counselling to understand each other as we face mid-life changes.

Do I believe that everyone should get married? No I do not! Marriage is a calling given to some. A calling that demands a lifetime of 100% commitment to a partner. Some people are not called to this, and have my unqualified support as they celebrate life without marriage. Do I regret getting married? No, never. I owe so much of my personal growth to being married to Jenny. I have enormous joy in my friendship with her. And I could not imagine living life without her.

So here’s to the next 25 years!

7 comments:

Becky said...

Congratulations...

becky

Gus said...

Love and congratulations to you both!

Anonymous said...

Well done! And well said. Love the blog! Izak

Stuart said...

Hi Pete, congrats to you and Jenny, May God bless you both - Stuart Bosch

Wessel Bentley said...

Prost! Imagine marrying into the mafia for real. There, doing it, the T-shirt is still being printed by cousin Tony.

Just joking. Great post. Love to you both.

Steve said...

Congrats!

Anonymous said...

Well done to you both.
Lots of love
Mark and Amelia