“Fame is a scentless sunflower with gaudy colors of gold,
but friendship is a bathing rose with sweets in every fold.”
A friend commented on this line from Oliver Wendell Holmes that was quoted in a 1920 article about the Caddo High School reunion. The more I read it, the more I like it.
And the older I get, the more I truly appreciate the friendships that have blessed my life. I have a variety of friends- those who endured school with me, friends I’ve worked with, friends who are also relatives, friends who have been neighbors, friends who simply share passions and activities and experiences. But my best friend, the one who has been through everything with me is my spouse, my husband, my companion, Gary.
I know that every wife doesn’t consider her husband her best friend. Husbands can be so annoying. And Gary does drive me crazy at least once a week!! JYes, honey, you do. But can’t we say the same for anyone we know and love? Do we expect more perfection from our husbands than from our girlfriends? We shouldn’t.
Gary and I have been through a roller coaster of experiences and emotions together. We’ve witnessed dreams that failed and unexpected blessings that astonished us. We’ve raised three incredible children together, even though his father warned us both that we couldn’t do it. We’ve prayed beside hospital beds together, and for each other. We’ve attended graduations, weddings, funerals, and countless sporting events. We’ve moved and vacationed and even worked together. We’ve taken classes together and enjoyed each other’s company. We’ve spent forty years getting to know each other- thirty eight of them as Mr. and Mrs.
I know that our days together are growing shorter. Each of us has had relatives who have lived to be 90+ and we hope that we will be among that select group. However, the knowledge that we may only have another twenty years together makes our time today even more important. I hope we continue to appreciate each other and enjoy our family and hobbies and other friends. Today I can say that I’ve never been happier to be the wife, and best friend, of this guy!