Friday, October 31, 2008

October 31st, 1980 - October 31st, 2008

If you read the title, that's a span of twenty-eight years which is how long Michael and I have shared a ball and chain. That's right, we married on Halloween. Not only that, it was between races at Calder Race Course. Let me explain:

We thought a Halloween wedding would be over the top. We had two horses in that day, one in the first and the other in the last. After cooling out the one in the first, we rushed over to the race track chapel. Prepared with marriage license and blood tests, we approached Rev. Holzemer, race track chaplain at the time (bless him), and requested that he marry us quickly, as we had another horse to run. To say he was taken aback is an understatement. Patiently, he informed us that the state required two witnesses. Michael glanced around and dashed over to the HBPA to enlist the secretary, Mrs. Michael, followed by a short jaunt over to A.E. Cohen, the race track mercantile, to beg witness for our ceremony. They both acquiesced and Michael and I fondly refer to our "kosher" wedding.

Romantic? Not so much. Cheap? You bet and sans the complaining family, endless planning and pouring over ridiculous detail. Neither horse won that day but do you think we cared?

A wedding anniversary is the celebration of love, trust, partnership, tolerance and tenacity. The order varies for any given year.- Paul Sweeney

2 comments:

Valerie said...

Congratulations! 28 years in this day and age is a REAL achievement. Many happy years to come.

Anonymous said...

Belated congratulations! Les and I share our anniversary on the day day!!! Ours was our 42nd year!
We were married in Italy...surrounded by his rock band members...how well I remember!!
Kathi