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Prompted By Anniversaries

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Sinatra sang of having regrets, but too few to mention.

Both my wife and I had long previous marriages.

Plenty of anniversaries, but a few regrets.


So we married with cautious optimism.

Our wedding invitation made this clear:

“In a glorious triumph of hope over experience…”


Given our past histories,

And our advancing years,

We measure quality over quantity.


So we celebrate our anniversary joyously.

Yet take each year one at a time.

 Happy that we are not

(At least not yet)

Having to take it one day at a time.


But knowing that this, too, will come to pass.

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Characterizations: funny, moving, well written


  1. Betsy Pfau says:

    Very nice and wise, John. Lovely photo of Kathie too. I hope you have many more happy times together.

    • John Shutkin says:

      Thank you for the sweet comments, Betsy. I much appreciate them. We are currently on Lake George with Kathie’s three kids, nine grandkids and three grand dogs. These are indeed happy times, but exhausting, too. You can imagine the complexity of “troop movements” with this crew.

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    I love that your invitation read, “In a glorious triumph of hope over experience…” Perfect. May you have many more beautiful memories like the ones you are making on Lake George.

  3. Marian says:

    I’m so moved and gratified by “late in life” weddings and romances, John. And yours with Kathie seems wonderful. Have fun in Lake George!

  4. Both funny and moving – like life sometimes John!

    May you and Kathie have many, many more happy years together!

  5. Khati Hendry says:

    A poignant tribute to love and life, the joys and limitations. May you have many more happy anniversaries, enjoyed to the fullest, one at a time.

  6. John,
    Short and sweet–like life.
    Our lives have whizzed by in a flash. But here we are, still finding love and joy and anniversaries to celebrate.
    Lake George is surely a place to celebrate every day.
    Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

    • John Shutkin says:

      Thank you, Penny. And so trrue. We are, in fact, just back from Lake George. Great fun but exhausting. The latter the particular result of one’s entire schedule seemingly dictated by inertial young children.

  7. There’s just something about getting it right later in life, isn’t there? How sweet it is! Here’s to many more happy anniversaries, John!

  8. Suzy says:

    Great RetroFlash, John. Like Laurie, I particularly love the phrase “glorious triumph of hope over experience.” That picture of the invitation looks like it is part of a plate or tray. Did you create something permanent with it like Mr. Ed’s grandparents did?

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