In the summer of 1971, I received a dozen red roses at work – I was impressed. Never before had a beau sent such flowers! I told my parents and they told me grandmother, then 92. She was not impressed – wanting to know who his people were, and thenceforth referred to Doug as the rose man.
Over the years, the rose man has sent many lovely roses – today was perhaps the grandest yet – celebrating our anniversary. Forty years – it’s been a long time that passed so quickly!
I found these quotes, deep thoughts from others on marriage – some come close to capturing my feelings – and remain good advice for the next forty years I hope to enjoy with the Rose man.
· To keep the fire burning brightly there's one easy rule: Keep the two logs together, near enough to keep each other warm and far enough apart - about a finger's breadth - for breathing room. Good fire, good marriage, same rule. ~ Marnie Reed Crowell
· Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. ~Marcel Proust
· Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. ~Mark Twain
· Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without. ~James C. Dobson
· A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers. ~Ruth Bell Graham
· A happy marriage is a long conversation that always seems too short. ~Andre Maurois