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February 3, 2007

I Think I'll Keep Him

I just went in to see John, who is sitting comfortably at his favorite place - the end of the kitchen table, to tell him not to worry. There will be no divorce for us.

This morning's Today program reported that the divorce rate in marriages lasting over 20 years has doubled in the last 10 years. How sad. Why? The answer is abuse - emotional, verbal and perhaps physical. In short, there wasn't much there to begin with.

In two weeks, John and I will celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. (I can't tell you how we're celebrating since John may sneak a peek at my blog and I'd hate to spoil the surprise.) When I think back on our 30 years, I realize we will not become this Today program's statistic. I think about these 30 years in stunned astonishment, awe and thanks.

How did the time go so quickly? I can remember everything as though it were just a few years ago. The months leading up to the wedding and the overwelming welcome and kindness by John's friends and extended family. Our wedding day - the wonderful care John's best man, Carroll, gave John; the make-up session at Elizabeth Arden's and then having to wait around til the 3:30 wedding; the wedding itself - who could forget that? I think it still remains a topic of cocktail conversation and laughs to this day. The honeymoon at the Florida house we wish Grandmother never sold.

I think about our three houses...Larchmont, the tiny house up on the hill on Myrtle Boulevard. It was not a posh address but it was a cute, cozy house close to Carl's, the village and it was where Julie and Patrick were born. The three of us walking down to surprise John at the train station are warm, vivid memories that are as important to John as they are to me. We joined Larchmont Yacht Club and sat on the famous front lawn to watch John's new boat being delivered. We made friends who are still important to us.

Next was Madison where Heather joined us. We needed this stepping stone to add more friends to the "right hand." (You know the saying, "I can count my really good friends on one hand.") and then it was on to Killingworth where we discovered we needed two hands (literally as well as figuratively). Thirsty Boots Farm became our home, the place the children grew up, established their friendships, went to school, left and now continue to come home to.

So here I am....right where I want to be after an already rich 30 years....a wonderful house, three great kids and a husband with whom I hope I might get another 30 years.....provided he doesn't yell at me.

February 19, 2007

A Happy 30th Anniversary!

Well weeks of anticipation and trying not to "spill the beans" on the surprise weekend for John is over.

Saturday morning we headed off for the surprise destination. In the car John finally learned we were going to New York City. Up to that point all he knew was that he needed a suit, ties, clean shirts, no jeans, bathing suit or "clear one-quart size" plastic bags. His thoughts about our mystery destination? By Saturday morning he was convinced because of the dress code and the departure time, we were headed to Baltimore to visit his best man and wife - Carroll and Marion Bodie. For me, this was a reassuring sign since I had asked Carroll and Marion to join us in New York.

Our first stop in the city was East 80th Street so John could see Patrick's apartment. We were fortunate enough to find a parking space (even in the unplowed snow) in front of Patrick's apartment and so the decision was made to leave it there for the weekend. After a great visit with Patrick, the three of us headed downtown to the University Club - Patrick for a workout, John and I to check into the room Pat had arranged for us.

And what a beautfiul club it is. I took these photos before seeing the sign that said "No photos please." With apologies.

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Entering the library.

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You can climb these stairs and they take you to a small walkway (look upper left) so you can choose books high up.

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Wish I could have taken some of the glorious marble columned entrance hall and the large beautiful reading room with 20 foot ceilings and windows that look out on Fifth Avenue, complete with sleeping gentleman with newspaper in club chair!

We then took a liesurely walk down to Times Square where the plan was to have lunch at Sardi's before the 2:00 Spamalot performance.

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Rockefeller Center

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John and Prometheus.

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We discovered we were surrounded by hundreds of tourists willing to take our picture together.

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We walked through 30 Rock where almost 50 years ago John was a studio page.

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Times Square and taking pictures like we've never been to NYC before!

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Spamalot was right across the street from Sardi's.

What John did not know about lunch was that Cousin Tom and Patsy (who were in the city for a reunion with friends) were also going to Spamalot and were waiting for us.

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After the show it was back to the University Club where we changed for our 6:00 drink at the St. Regis. This was all part of my plan as the Bodies were to meet us there, just as they had 30 years ago when John and I were having dinner after our wedding. Earlier in the day when John saw the St. Regis was right across the street, he suggested we have a drink in the King Cole Bar....PERFECT!

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St Regis right across the street!

And here is where the photos stop. There are just some places where pulling out a camera becomes a little tacky. The St. Regis is beautiful and the Bodies arrived to surprise John about 10 minutes after we did. We had our drinks and then grabbed a taxi to L'Impero in Tudor City where we enjoyed a spectacular dinner. After that it was off to the Pierre for a nightcap.

Sunday morning was the last surpise for John - brunch at the Parker Meridien on West 57th hosted by Patrick. The only thing missing was Chrissy who was with her family in Massachusetts.

It was a great weekend and yes.....it was a little sad when it ended. Guess we'll just have to do it again and this time not wait 30 years!

February 23, 2007

Thirsty Boots Snow

Don't you just love the muffled, quiet of an early morning blanket of snow? (And a delayed opening isn't too bad!) For you, Heather! Hurry home before you miss out on it all!

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