Forty-Two Years Together

Tomorrow is Ray’s and my 42nd wedding anniversary.

Who knew we two kids would hold on tight for so many years,

yelling and loving our way to some semblance of “mature” people?

We are still full of flaws, but also full of compassion

We still get mad fast, but also get over it even faster

No reason to harbor ill feelings after laying all of our truths on the line.

The one thing I hope our kids can see is that

we continue to love each other in spite of ourselves.

That’s the grace of love,

Still loving someone when you know them inside out, and

not every part is pretty.

Still, in my world, nobody’s required to be perfect,

Neither Ray nor myself nor our family and friends

Realizing that truth may be the biggest growth arc for me

over these short 42 years

How lucky I am to get the chance to share my love

Heart wide open

Walking through this life together

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Don Dodson says:



    1. Thanks, Don. Much appreciated.

  2. Marianne Peterson says:

    Happy for you both. Congratulations.

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    1. Thanks, Marianne. And congratulations on you and Brian meeting 50 years ago! Amazing. Big hugs.

  3. Susan/s says:

    That’s a wise and lovely tribute to all those years of learning about love together. Congratulations! Hope you have many more years to celebrate and appreciate each other. ❤️

  4. Thank you, my friend. Much appreciated. See you SOON!

  5. Kelly Wise says:

    Congratulations Len and Ray! You guys look like perfect love to me! Here’s to many more as you enjoy the golden years. So many things won’t get better than this!!

  6. Thanks, Kellie. I know this song well. It pretty much sums up Ray and me!
    Haha. Big hugs to you.

  7. Sarah Fine says:

    A beautiful tribute to your relationship. I particularly liked the ‘fullness of flaws and compassion’. Congratulations on your love!

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