Saturday, September 6, 2008

The hankie anniversary




Since I recently went on an unplanned blogging hiatus, I'll try to catch you up on a few things that have gone on in the last while around Shansland.  

In this entry, I want to point out that Jamey and I recently rocked the silk/linen anniversary!  Well, as much as you do rock an airy wrinkle-prone fabric on any given day.  Ok, we may not have worn silk or linen but boy did we have a twelfth  anniversary!  Yeah buddy!  And, since I couldn't find the official wedding album after looking in all the usual spots, I thought I'd show you these little black and whites of us nervously fiddling about before the actual ceremony began.  

As you can see, Jamey was merely a hatchling when I married him fresh out of college.  I was a mature woman of twenty-six and had enough wisdom at that point to know I would want my husband to be good and spry when his old girl needs to be put down.  It really works out for both of us,  I'll have a caretaker in my final days with his doogies about him.  And  he'll still have time once I'm off to Gloryland, to get a silver bullet Airstream loaded with all of his music gear (and a few fishing poles) and strike out on the road unhindered.   That's my loose plan anyway.

No matter how it all goes down, I know I got myself a keeper.  Jamey has a high tolerance for all of my high maintenance tendancies.  I have yet to scare him off in my worst of times, it's true. Most days,  he makes me feel like I have the hotness of Angelina Jolie (when I'm feeling more like her smoldering toilet leavings),  and  the mothering skills of  "Ma" Ingles (when I suspect I'm a Half-pint away from being Rosanne Barr  -slobbishly yelling at my kids in a whiny voice from the kitchen table.) "Eat again??  Didn't I just feed you people four hours ago?"

And Hubby-o-a dozen years does not just tell me he loves me.  No, no.  He does whatever it takes to make sure I am as happy and cared for as possible.  

Just last evening, for example, my insulin pump blew a sensor and died as I was refilling it with medicine.  This meant I would have no constant supply of insulin throughout the night and I was in for a tricky 12 hours until our pharmacy opened the next morning.  Fortunately, I have my Doc's email and he immediately called in a long acting insulin to the nearest 24 hour pharmacy.  Since this pharmacy was in another city 30 miles across the country darkness of Northwest Arkansas(and these eyes of mine don't DO country darkness of Northwest anywhere), my sweet husband hopped in the car without hesitation and spent the next hour and a half running my late Sunday evening errand without complaint.

That was not the first time he's had to make such a trip or otherwise drop everything else for me.  He takes care of me that one.  And he won't even complain when the bill for my hideously expensive newfangled pump arrives in the mail in a week or two.  He's been nice like that for a good dozen + years!  So, I expect I'll keep him until my own sensors make their final beeps and I'm eventually replaced by a newer model myself (well maybe model is not the best choice of words here. How about...version. Yes, I like that better.).  Let's just hope we make it well past talk of silk and linen before any necessary upgrades happen and have at least a jewel or metal celebration in our sites by then.

Happy (late as usual) anniversary Sweetheart!  You are the wings-that somehow use all of my wind as an energy source!! And even though that awkward phrasing would never make it into a well celebrated Bette Midler song, it still works for us somehow.  Now, pass the anniversary hankie over here if you will.  I'm coming down with a case of the sentimentals and my nose is starting to run.  So, here's to many more...HONK!!  XOXOX

18 comments:

savannah said...

many, many more, sugar! y'all make a lovely couple! xoxox

sarah cool said...

Shan, you are ador-ab-le. I loved reading this. LOVED it. Such a beautiful post!!!!!!



ps - yep! loved it! and you are stinkin' hilarious.

Jamey Clayberg said...

Aw shucks lady! That was really sweet, and funny and cool. You are the bayst! I'm blessed to have you, and A.Jolie wishes she looked like you. I would be an uncouth, unbalanced, self-centered buffoon without you, and I thank God for every day we get. I love you vrry mush...

Bekah said...

Awwww, Happy Anniversary!

dive said...

Yay!!!!
Congratulations and Happy Anniversary to you both!
Here's to many more decades of happiness.

Jenna Jean said...

Happy Anniversary, Late!!!! What a good man you have. See you tomorrow!

Shelley said...

"hatchling"! I love it. You do have a way with words. :)

AfricaBleu said...

Many joyous years ahead to ya.

Lynette said...

Wow. What a great tribute to an obviously great man. I'm glad he floats your boat, cares for you and makes you feel loved and lovely. May your sons make their wives as happy one day! with this as their role model, they're well on their way.

BRAVO to a real man and a genuine woman who appreciates, nourishes and loves him!

PS. And thank God you wrote a new blog! I was beginning to worry about you! :-)

Tab said...

Shantastic! I loved every bit of it! Happy Anniversary to two AMAZING people :0) I just think the world of you both!

This brought a little tear to my eye...I confess :P

XOXO

Missy said...

Man, I am always late to the party. Sorry. A very happy and belated anniversary to you!

Sun-Kissed Savages said...

I LOVE both pictures!!
You are awesome. You deserve such a fabulous hubby, and he deserves such a wonderful YOU. :-)
Happy late anniversary!! We're up for #11 this year!!-- two months away.

Sara said...

Oh, I'm so late. Happy SUPER late anniver.
Great shots! Love the veil and the shorts!!
Your wedding had some unforgettable moments, for sure. Like molly, falling down the flight of stairs. Oops.
You and Jamey are really such a dandy pair. Sometimes I still think of you as dating, even after all those years. Funny. Cause you don't change all that much, me thinks. You both are still so youthful and clever. Different, but the same. Lots of love!

Fifi said...

Happy Anniversary!!! You are gorgeous cradle robber!!!! hehehe

I'm sure you keep him very intertained with your hilarious sense of humour!!!

Terroni said...

Dude, I commented on this post. Where is my comment?!? (Damn you, Blogger.)

Oh well.

Congratulations to both of you!

Many more...

Deanna Davis said...

Oh Shannon - when I first saw that black and white picture, i seriously thought it was John F Kennedy and Jackie O! It took me a minute of reading to figure out it was you. Either that's a compliment, or I'm not getting enough sleep - congrats!! on the abundance of marital bliss -

Shan said...

Thanks everybody! My heart, she swells with warmth at all your lovely well wishes! And Deanna....bless your sleep deprived eyes! Don't I wish! BAHA!

MmeBenaut said...

Congratulations Jamey and Shan on your 12th anniversary. That's fantastic in itself but the way you wrote about it was beautiful too Shan. The insulin pump thing must be so scary and Jamey is indeed a dear for fetching the new one for you. It is these big and little acts of caring and compassion that really boost a relationship. I've been so lucky with MB that way too so I know exactly what you mean.
I bet that you are good and kind and loving in return - the love positively shines through in the second photo sweetie - you look so adorable and Jamey looks like the protective and proud husband that he is.
So glad that you celebrated your anniversary so well.
Love and hugs to you both.