Happy anniversary to me

Today, for an hour or so still, is my wife and I’s second four-years-of-marriage anniversary.

Not that we’ve been married 8 years, just that we were married twice. Three times, actually. To each other. Not that we were divorced.

Hmmm . . .

It’s really very simple. It was important to my parents and grandmother that Maddy and I be married in the Catholic Church. Sure, we said. We weren’t any more Catholic than anybody else (and very much less Catholic than Catholics), but we were flexible.

The priest was flexible, too, but not that flexible. “Will you promise to raise your children in the Catholic faith?” Not so much, we said. Maybe, but probably not. Wouldn’t care to wager much on it.

So my parents’ priest said he would bless the marriage. But we needed a marriage to bless first. So we got pre-married at the county courthouse.

Then the Catholic marriage. And later, in India, a Hindu wedding with Maddy’s family. This one also somewhat religiously abridged, this time because we had lived together first (but we were already married! we thought).

We like celebrations and presents (who doesn’t?). Throw in our dating anniversary, three wedding anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, our birthdays, Christmas, Flag Day, 4th of July and Indian Independence Day, and we pretty much stay in celebration mode all the time (except for April, for some reason, unless you count my sister in Ohio’s birthday . . .).

Happy anniversary, Maddy.

(I was soooo kidding about Flag Day).

8 Responses to Happy anniversary to me

  1. Krystal says:

    I love telling this story to friends.

    By the way, do you guys realize that Kenzie was at your Catholic wedding?

  2. Pulao says:

    Kenzie being at our wedding is the story I love telling to my friends! That and that time that we visited, the only time I’ve seen her (at three months), actually, when, how can I put this delicately, her digestive system was not taking a liking to milk.

  3. Krystal says:

    Oh, yes! I remember. She was also quite good at aiming, Kris getting the brunt of it.

  4. Krystal says:

    Happy Anniversary(s) to you two.

  5. Kirsten says:

    Flag day is the day they hang out the flags in celebration of the birth of the first grandchild of the G. F. Klekners. Or so I have been told. So, Kris, you had better celebrate THAT holiday.
    (for those who don’t know, Kris is the 5th grandchild and I am the sister in Ohio whose birthday in April-the 14th- should certainly be celebrated!)

  6. Kris says:

    Oh, right, it is, isn’t it? Flag Day = my other sister’s birthday. I guess we DO celebrate everything. All right!

  7. Karah says:

    Happy Anniversary! Yeah, Flag Day is my birthday. And besides Kirsten’s birthday. Shakespeare’s birthday is April 23, I believe. And April 21 was the birthday of our grandfather and Hitler.

  8. Kirsten says:

    And don’t forget Mark and Kirsten’s wedding anniversary on the 25th of April. This year we celebrated 21 years of marital bliss. And we’ve been married for 21 years. And April 2nd was our grandmother’s birthday-Pansy Lee, and our aunt’s b-day is the 24th. So there is a lot to celebrate in April. Plus April Fool’s Day.

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