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Monday, October 26, 2009

Our Anniversary

October 25, 1997 is our wedding anniversary
October 25, 1854 the anniversary of the ill-fated battle of Balaclava during the Crimean war-
Remembered in "The Charge of The Light Brigade," made famous by Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Half a league, half a league,
Half a league onward,
All in the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
'Forward, the Light Brigade!
Charge for the guns1' he said:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

'Forward, the Light Brigade!'
Was there a man dismay'd?
Not tho' the soldier knew
Some one had blunder'd:
Their's not to make reply,
Their's not to reason why,
Their's but to do and die:
Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of Hell
Rode the six hundred.

Flash'd all their sabres bare,
Flash'd as they turn'd in air
Sabring the gunners there,
Charging an army, while
All the world wonder'd:
Plunged in the battery-smoke
Right thro' the line they broke;
Cossack and Russian
Reel'd from the sabre-stroke
Shatter'd and sunder'd.
Then they rode back, but not,
Not the six hundred.

Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon behind them
Volley'd and thunder'd;
Storm'd at with shot and shell,
While horse and hero fell,
They that had fought so well
Came thro' the jaws of Death,
Back from the mouth of Hell,
All that was left of them,
Left of six hundred.

When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made!
All the world wonder'd.
Honour the charge they made!
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble six hundred!





Despite the ill-starred date of our matrimonial bliss we are still married. I see no signs of parting. There is happiness and there are frustrations. That is the way life goes. You enjoy and make the most of the happiness and endure the frustrations. Many of the people I have know for years are on their second marriage. Those mentioned in Tennyson's poem charged into what was assuredly an unsurvivable engagement. Not so many came back as went out. I think perhaps one could liken this to marriage in general...
We had a nice anniversary. No get-a-way to the beach. We installed a fake hardwood floor in our kitchen. I hardly ever am able to help my wife do things like that. I think she appreciated it. We went to the Amity Cafe for supper and breakfast. No one was injured in the installation.

The lego boats have already set sail on the new hardwood "ocean." I would say we have a happy family. I can hear my daughter in the bedroom singing. She has made up a song about all the states, the refrain is, "don't forget Alaska." I don't have a clue where that came from. There is a map of the states on the bedroom wall. She is going to sleep alongside her mother. After she is sleeping I will pick her up and put her in her own bed and tuck her in. On nights that she is unable to finagle a spot beside Mom I lay in bed with her and read her a story. We say our prayers and say goodnight to grandma whose photo is beside the bed. What more can you do? Is there any more meaning to life than that?

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