Wedding Bells Ringing

Michelle did say to the person who inquired about what caught my eye that she thought that when we were together we sure did laugh a lot.  Laughter is underrated.  Enjoying who you’re with is underrated.  Love… well, that’s maybe underrated too. 

In less than two weeks, I will be married!  I can’t wait to get gold around Mr. Ring Finger.  Been a long time.  It actually might take some getting used to.

This wedding is no surprise.  Last week was the fourth anniversary of our engagement.  We don’t like to rush things around here!  All the kids are in college or beyond, both of our houses have sold, and we are ready to be together full time.

It is strange to marry at age 56.  There aren’t wedding jitters; no baby’s breath in braidesmaids’ hair; no drunken bachelor party for me; no parents to pay for the festivities.  Its actually simpler.  Find a woman you love, propose, when the right time comes… get hitched.

Someone recently asked Michelle what Julie had that caught my eye.  We laughed at her response, which was essentially: I don’t know anything about old people falling in love, you’re gonna need to ask him. 

It’s not easy to sell a house you’ve lived in for thirty years.  It isn’t easy to combine your household belongings and toss out the rusty meat fork you’ve been accustomed to because your soon-to-be spouse thinks it might give her lock jaw.  It’s not easy to merge Christmas traditions and pare back your ornaments or learn to share your kitchen again.  One day recently Julie was giving me input on how to make mashed potatoes.  I was a bit annoyed – as if I didn’t know.  She said, “Well, I’ve been queen of my kitchen for the past ten years.”  I responded, “And I’ve been king of mine!”

When it comes down to it, the meat fork doesn’t matter.  I’m finding that hers is just as good and doesn’t leave flecks of Teflon in the ground turkey.  She actually does make better mashed potatoes than I but my Christmas tree light stringing strategies far exceed hers.

What really matters is – do we love and enjoy each other?  And the answer to that is yes.

We have a lot of kids… but they are growing up and living their own lives.  Who will we be left with?  Each other. 

When you find the right one, whether you’re 22 or 56, being together is well worth the adjustments that have to be made.  When your heart speaks, it is easy to listen.

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19 Comments

  1. Steve Montgomery

     /  December 22, 2021

    Warms my heart. SO happy for y’all!

    Steve

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  2. jo Nance

     /  December 22, 2021

    Congratulations and Best Wishes to each of you!

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  3. Cathy Rackley

     /  December 22, 2021

    Congratulations Bruce! I am so happy for you and Julie. I pray you have many happy years together. You deserve it! C

    Sent from my iPad

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  4. Congratulations!

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  5. Karl Owen

     /  December 22, 2021

    Amen, brother!

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  6. hlavere

     /  December 22, 2021

    So happy for you! Love & hugs & wishes for much happiness!

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  7. Congratulations, Bruce! I’m happy for you.

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  8. Deanne E Schlegel

     /  December 22, 2021

    My heart is so happy for you both! Time is precious and I’m so glad that you have each other to remind you daily that love is a gift. I appreciate you, my friend and hard-working boss.

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  9. Sara Reals

     /  December 22, 2021

    Congratulations to you both!

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  10. Christopher Kashap

     /  December 22, 2021

    Wait — can I have the meat fork? Happy for you, old man.

    An Older Man

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  11. Jill Curtiss Patterson

     /  December 27, 2021

    Bruce, wishing you and Julie all the happiness in the world. Congratulations and best wishes on your upcoming nuptials. You both so deserve it and it appears that even the kiddoes all get along. What more could you ask for? Blessings and Love. Jill

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  12. Scott

     /  January 1, 2022

    Congratulations to you and Julie. What a great way to start a new year! Loved the queen/king of my kitchen comments.

    Praying for the best for you both,
    Scott and Edwards family

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  13. Congratulations. I’m sure you realize how incredibly fortunate you both are.

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