We don't like Face Book. Too impersonal and, at the same time, too profoundly personal. Too competitive. Too vulnerable to scammers, hackers, stalkers, too revealing and grabby for our privacy. So why do I post a blog? Good question. Sometimes I stop posting for weeks on end. And, recently, all the blogs have been plagued by spammers using the platform to post their pharmaceuticals, sex toys, performance enhancers. It's enough to make me want to shut it all down.
And then I remember why I blog. Because I like to write and tell the stories for those who matter to me and for those yet to be born; stories of our little lives, unimportant to the Face Book crowd and the online advertisers. I would have loved to read about how my mother and father or their families lived and loved and thought through the generations. And my fairly innocuous and benign little blog is only read by those who seek it out, presumably caring friends and family. That's my justification... at least for now.
My bride and I celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary last week. The occasion of this day always provides me an opportunity to tell a story that Connie is sooo sick of hearing... but I can't help myself. It brings me too much joy. The story is true. Only the number of anniversary years change.
I awake at first light on our anniversary morn and gaze at my sleeping bride. When she stirs I say,
"Happy anniversary, darlin."
She smiles, still sorta sleeping. I say;
"It's been 10 wonderful years..."
Her eyes pop open, a confused look on her face.
"10 years? But we've been married 38 years?" she mumbles.
"Yes, but only 10 have been wonderful" I reply.
She is fully awake now and ponders silently for a few moments. Am I kidding or am I serious...
"Which 10?" she asks.
"Oh, half hour here, 10 minutes there. It adds up." I snort, unable to keep my composure any longer.
She knows I'm teasing her now and lashes out with a well aimed leg kick. "You weirdo!" she laughs.
Maybe I'll give this joke a rest... just like my Ezra and Martha jokes. Time for some new material.
It's truly been 38 amazing, wonderful years, honey. I adore you.