It was fifty years ago this very day’s evening Frieda and I hand in hand we had taken our vows to Love, Honor and Cherish the other. I remember Reverend Orth asked, “Do you take this hand to love ……etc.” I wasn’t looking at the young lady whose hand I held in mine as I was not taking anything from her! I looked at our union as giving myself to her, to care for, to provide, to shelter, to protect, to comfort, celebrate accomplishments, and no less than to support her physically, emotionally, spiritually a shared life together.
I didn’t know if I loved her? All I knew once I had held her in my hand and listened to her spoken heart, I knew I could not live a lifetime without her. I had to be her rock. While I may have thought I had given myself to her, she has given far more of herself to me.
And the biggest laugh, we share these days, comes upon my current confession, “I only married you for your body?”
I thank all your kindest thoughts for us. May thee all be blessed every one