Together Forever

Our first

Thomas and Linda First Photo

I met the one I’d always love sixty-four years ago today, the day of my birth. Our families were friends and his mother was there to help out when I was born.  Two and a half years old and more experienced, he wisely waited for me to grow up a little before showing interest in me.  I was pre-occupied with what I’d experienced earlier in the day and had no time for him, possibly leading him to think I was playing hard to get.  From time to time, we’d be thrown together over the years, at holidays, school events, community, church, and family visits.  He was pleasant to me.  I liked him, but had no idea he held a special interest in me.  The summer I was seventeen, he’d gotten a car and starting calling regularly.  My sister Phyllis thought he liked her, so I made a point of getting out of their way when he came to visit.  All socializing was done in the living room in the midst of a large boisterous family with the TV at full blast, so there was no question of privacy.  We could take a guest to the snack bar in the dining room if we wanted, but we were still in the middle of things.  Coincidentally, my fourteen-year-old brother, Bill, really admired and enjoyed Bud, too, so he thought he was there to see him.

After a week or so of nightly visits to Phyllis and Bill, I was surprised to get a call from Bud, asking me out.  I probably stammered a bit, since I thought he was interested in Phyllis.  I accepted, and that was it.  We were married two years later.  Forty-four years and two children later, October 27, 2014, we celebrate our sixty-fourth anniversary together.  We’ve had the best life anyone could ever have.

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38 thoughts on “Together Forever

  1. Congratulations lbeth. That’s quite the string you guys got going there. I’m putting a reminder on my computer just so I remember for next year. Give your hubby my congrats, and I’ll read you later.

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  2. Reblogged this on WORLD YOUTH SUCCESS INSPIRER and commented:
    Marriage can be a joy. There are couples who are proving this; showing the light for others to follow. I found this post ‘Together for life’ which talks about this great couple that has lived together for sixty four years. Many young people wonder how to meet the person with whom to spend the rest of their lives. Read how this coupe that has lived together happily for such a long time came to know each other and to get married. It will inspire you.

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  3. Gene says:

    Happy Birthday! If your birthday is on Oct. 27, you share the day with my Mother. She was born on Oct. 27 1900. So now I know another place where you get your humor from. It must be that October weather. Love the stories

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  4. Tania Tome M de Castro says:

    Happy birthday Ibeth!! 🙂

    It is so pretty the story of how you and your husband grew up together and he finally called you to go out and you became a couple who was always happy. It would be nice if all the love stories were so lovely. Your story is a beautiful story of life that undoubtedly worth to be shared!

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  5. I am adding our first picture together. I am 8 months old and he is three years old. I am the baby in the diaper sitting on the ground and he is the tall handsome guy in sandals standing behind me.

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