wholly to be a fool for Randy

My husband Randy and I have been married 24 years today, which is pretty hard for me to believe!

Feb. 6, 1988 — photo: Alison Giese

I am not good at love poems to people (somehow it’s much easier to write a love poem to a cranberry bush or a snowman or a pencil), so I’m sharing this e.e. cummings poem instead.

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world
my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
— the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says
we are for each other; then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph
And death i think is no parenthesis
–e.e. cummings

Randy helps me (list-maker and analyzer extraordinaire) to be a fool, and my life is immeasurably better because of him.

Speaking of fools:>) here’s a picture from our honeymoon.

Happy Anniversary, Ran–I love you!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

36 Responses

  1. Aw, Laura. You guys could not be any more adorable! (24 years…I had no idea you got married at 10!) Many congratulations to you and Randy for many many more years full of love and foolishness. Life is grand, and this post is a great reminder to celebrate joys and loves! xo, a.

  2. Aw, Laura. You guys could not be any more adorable! (24 years…I had no idea you got married at 10!) Many congratulations to you and Randy for many many more years full of love and foolishness. Life is grand, and this post is a great reminder to celebrate joys and loves! xo, a.

  3. Happy anniversary! We got married in a park with a fountain … were you married outside, too? Or did you just use the fountain as backdrop for the kiss? 😉 Wishing you many more happy anniversaries to come!

    1. Thanks, Becky! We got married in church. That fountain was outside–it was a cold and windy day. We lived in Florida, and everyone was just shivering and huddled together and miserable. I think it was colder that day in Orlando in February than it was here in Minnesota just a couple of weeks ago. Bizarre! Thank goodness we didn’t have an outdoors wedding. I always think that’s such a brave, optimistic way to start your life together. Hope you guys had beautiful weather!

  4. Happy anniversary! We got married in a park with a fountain … were you married outside, too? Or did you just use the fountain as backdrop for the kiss? 😉 Wishing you many more happy anniversaries to come!

    1. Thanks, Becky! We got married in church. That fountain was outside–it was a cold and windy day. We lived in Florida, and everyone was just shivering and huddled together and miserable. I think it was colder that day in Orlando in February than it was here in Minnesota just a couple of weeks ago. Bizarre! Thank goodness we didn’t have an outdoors wedding. I always think that’s such a brave, optimistic way to start your life together. Hope you guys had beautiful weather!

  5. Congratulations! I bet those 24 years flew by. Here’s wishing you 24 more, and then 24 after that. –Diane

    1. They did, Diane. It feels kind of impossible, actually. We were at a table at Benihana last night with a couple celebrating their 44th anniversary. Wow. They did not look that old–amazing how our perspective changes as we age ourselves!

  6. Congratulations! I bet those 24 years flew by. Here’s wishing you 24 more, and then 24 after that. –Diane

    1. They did, Diane. It feels kind of impossible, actually. We were at a table at Benihana last night with a couple celebrating their 44th anniversary. Wow. They did not look that old–amazing how our perspective changes as we age ourselves!

  7. Congratulations, Laura! I love that ee cummings poem AND your honeymoon picture! Wishing you many more happy (honey)moons to come! Julie

  8. Congratulations, Laura! I love that ee cummings poem AND your honeymoon picture! Wishing you many more happy (honey)moons to come! Julie

  9. You people are way too cute.
    You look like the closing happy scene in every single Brat Pack movie — all of that confection of lace, the fan, the tux and the fountain. And they lived happily, ever after.

    Many, many, many, many returns of this happy day.

  10. You people are way too cute.
    You look like the closing happy scene in every single Brat Pack movie — all of that confection of lace, the fan, the tux and the fountain. And they lived happily, ever after.

    Many, many, many, many returns of this happy day.

    1. Hehe–yep, that was me, a child bride! It’s hard to believe I was 21, just out of college for 6 months…that seems so young to get married now!

    1. Hehe–yep, that was me, a child bride! It’s hard to believe I was 21, just out of college for 6 months…that seems so young to get married now!

  11. Happy anniversary! I loved your pictures and the poem, and the fact that you shared your love with your audience too. So wonderful to have a special other.

  12. Happy anniversary! I loved your pictures and the poem, and the fact that you shared your love with your audience too. So wonderful to have a special other.

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