Happy Anniversary!

May your love grow strong as the mighty oak –
It roots run deep and firm into the ground upon which it stands.
Its trunk supports the challenges the changing seasons and weather may present.
Its branches, though solid, bend so they don’t break.

Its leaves present the beauty of its soul in the spring to bring joy to all who come seeking shelter and protection. And in the fall, they return to the soil to nourish its roots and fertilize its own growth.

May your love grow as steadily as the mighty oak –
To mature each year and grow in stature and in purpose.
To rise above the earth and touch the Heavens above.
To learn and to listen, to watch and to rejoice.

In knowing each day has brought you closer to one another and when in times when the winds cause your branches to sway – that the winds too shall pass – and that you’ve weathered the storm.

Open yourselves to each other.
Be vigilant as you grow.
Respect one another as equals.
And soon you will come to know…

That love must be patient and love must be kind –
That love must forever be first on your mind.
Take time to remember this special day –
To ensure that the memory will forever stay.

Wishing you a very happy anniversary!

About inmycorner

This blog began as an opportunity to tell my Dad's stories. I sat with him and the computer and together we told stories. It was a wonderful way to get to know Dad. He was 9. He and Mom had a wonderful life together and since she passed away a year and a half before him - Dad was ready to join her. I no longer tell his stories but have found stories of my own. The impetus to resume this blog was the discovery that I had stage 4 ovarian cancer. Since blogging had been so therapeutic for my dad and I to get through our grief, I felt maybe this would be a good outlet to process my situation. I also hoped it may serve as an outreach to anyone else who is facing this very ominous journey. So far, so good.
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9 Responses to Happy Anniversary!

  1. Kally says:

    Beautifully worded. Thoroughly enjoyed this piece!

  2. Judy says:

    What a beautiful poem to share with your child! Of course, it made me think of you and Kevin. You both look so connected and in love after a lifetime of challenges and growth.
    Stacey, I’m so glad you’re back writing again. You definitely have a gift! (Ps. I love metaphors and the branch one is perfect!)

    • inmycorner says:

      Judy – where would I be without your support? Honestly – this poem was inspired by our 30 (nearly) years of marriage – not to say that we are able to apply all these suggestions – particularly when my husband is in a stubborn mood (just kidding). But watching your children in their marriage is a very enlightening experience and advice comes so easily. ha ha ha! I love metaphors too –

  3. Gwen says:

    What a lovely tribute to love that grows, even in the “windy” times. This is a wonderful keepsake for both K and CJ. Hope they had a wonderful day of celebration.

  4. pepe says:

    I just love the last two para, starting from “open yourselves to each other ..till the end”. This is such a sweet dedication and hope they grow together more in love each day, with strength to get through all the storm of our life !

    • inmycorner says:

      Now – all they have to do is “listen”, even “read” this poem. (ha ha) Maybe I should print and have it framed! Thanks, Pepe! (I’m sorry I’ve forgotten your name – I am pretty sure it isn’t Pepe – but my memory does suck these days) Though I’ve never forgotten you!

      • pepe says:

        Ha ha, I am sure they will read this and will be touched too. It will be such a sweet gift if you framed it, totally love the idea. I myself will remember this poem, and hope I do have a love which grows each day (Fingers crossed !)
        And your memory is perfectly all right, strong and sharp. My name is Pepe only, nickname and I am known by this name among my friends 🙂

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