Anniversary Math

Today, Anita and I are celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary.

Or, to put it another way, that’s:

  • 1,669 weeks
  • 11,688 days
  • 280,512 hours
  • 16,830,720 minutes
  • 1,009,843,200 seconds

 Anniversaries can’t just be measured in time, though:

  • 2 apartments and 6 houses in 5 cities in 4 states
  • 4 kids, 4 years apart
  • 2 grandchildren (and counting?)
  • 26 years of public school (and PTA meetings! And fund-raisers! And Science Projects! And…)
  • 36 years of children’s’ sports (4 kids, multiple sports, multiple seasons – you do the math)
  • 7 sets of stitches in one kid before he was 6; and 3 for all the others combined
  • 1 broken leg
  • 1 broken wrist
  • 1 torn ACL
  • 3, 13 year-old trips with our kids (one unnamed son has yet to redeem his!)
  • 32 anniversary dates – dinners, movies, concerts, plays, trips – all great experiences (even #10, which took a few hours for the conversation to thaw…)
  • 2 dogs
  • 10 cars (that doesn’t count cars kids got after they moved out)
  • 1 artificial Christmas tree
  • 16 different jobs (for the two of us) in 6 different industries
  • 5 phone numbers (till cell phones came along, to which we added 6 more numbers)
  • 5 place settings of our original dishes (out of 14 to start with)
  • 2,652 books (give or take a few)
  • 32 years worth of National Geographic magazines (plus a few dozen pre-1979 years picked up at a yard sale
  • 4 high school graduations
  • 2 college graduations to date
  • 1 Disney World trip
  • A few tears
  • Lots of laughter
  • Good friends, near and far
  • Treasured memories

 How do I love thee?

 Let me count the ways…

 

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