35 Years Ago Today

It didn’t make world headlines, but 35 years ago today I married a woman who changed my life forever. Oh, I’d been “in-love” a few times before, only to have those all-important giddy-gooey feelings fade away. But then, nearly a decade later, now a commitment-shy bachelor, I met a woman who wasn’t just pretty or smart, she was, as corny as it sounds, deep.

Trudy2 1982Yes, she was pretty. Seriously pretty. But as I got to know her I felt something more than the giddy-gooeys, something that surprised me: admiration.Β She made me want to be a better man. She didn’t just share my love for God, she amplified it. And somehow I amplified hers. But we were wary, both of us, and commitment shy. There were just too many expectations in “having a relationship.”

So we broke up.

Some months later, we ran into each other at a concert. Minus the complications of wondering whether he or she was “the one,” we simply talked. And it was wonderful. Soon we were talking constantly, calling to recap our day, getting each other’s insights and advice. Without the former expectations, we’d acquired something better than “a relationship,” we’d become best friends. We’d abandoned the locked and security-alarmed front door of love, and stumbled in through the unguarded back door.

The giddy-gooeys no longer mattered. I simply wanted to be with her, to keep going, to share life with her. And miraculously, she felt the same. So for Two-shot 2the first time, as best friends, we kissed.

And it was the best kiss ever.

35 years on, all I want is more: More of her. More of us. More of God.

More of life together.Β 

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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156 Responses to 35 Years Ago Today

  1. anitashope says:

    How super fantastic. Happy anniversary.

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  2. Beautiful! Happy Anniversary!

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  3. Clever Girl says:

    Wonderful! How special to find someone who you can love and admire for years and years. Happy Anniversary!

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  4. Wishing you both a Happy Anniversary with many more to come. πŸ™‚

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  5. Roadtirement says:

    Congratulations! Sher and I are observing our 35th anniversary this week as well.

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  6. Cheers on your anniversary!

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  7. francisashis says:

    Wow!It’s time for party.I thank the Good Lord on your behalf for his love ,grace and blessings.Wish you a very happy Anniversary.πŸŽ‚πŸ’—πŸŒΉπŸŽΆπŸŽ΅πŸŽΌπŸ“’πŸ—πŸ₯žπŸ”πŸœπŸ°πŸŒ·πŸ’

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  8. Kathleen Ellerman says:

    A wonderful story. Happy Anniversary!

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  9. boromax says:

    That is seriously beautiful, Young Man. Happy Anniversary!!

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  10. Emma Louie says:

    Happy Anniversary…

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  11. Gail Perry says:

    I recognize the whole story and it is a truly amazing experience. Thanks for sharing yours! Happy anniversary! We celebrated 25 last month.β€πŸ™πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

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  12. Trev Jones says:

    Congratulations to you both and a happy anniversary.

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  13. Bill Sweeney says:

    Awesome. Happy Anniversary!

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  14. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    Congratulations! Wonderful non-fiction story! Glad it is continuing.

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  15. Mark Wester says:

    Happy anniversary! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  16. Sheree says:

    Congratulations! Happy anniversary and wishing you many more years together.

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  17. Rocky says:

    Happy anniversary! May you both enjoy 35 more.

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  18. Re-Farmer says:

    Such a wonderful story! Happy Anniversary!

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  19. Congratulations and happy anniversary Mitch! Wishing you two many more years of love and laughter!

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  20. Anthonia says:

    Happy Anniversary

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  21. Julia says:

    Mitch;
    May God richly bless you both with many more happy and healthy years together! You deserve it.
    Julia

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  22. Keziah says:

    This is so sweet and well written. Thank you for sharing. I dream of this kind of love with my future husband, one day. ❀ Keep up the good work. πŸ™‚

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  23. Dora says:

    I love that hinge where the story turns: “Some months later, we ran into each other at a concert.” Praise God for that moment that led to this moment today, 35 years later. Happy Anniversary. Love to you both from your readers and fans. ❀️❀️

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  24. Wow! 35 years is really a lot. Wow!!
    I’m happy for the number of years you two have come as husband and wife. (You’re like a grand-dad to meπŸ˜‰).

    Happy Anniversary, Sir!
    More years together in love!

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  25. pastorpete51 says:

    Congratulations! Hold on to that. It doesn’t get easier(we’re at 47 years) but with lots of brokenness and tears along with fun and laughter it gets better quieter and deeper further up the stream.

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  26. gpavants says:

    Hi Mitch,

    What a great way to show what healthy relationships look like. Love it. May you and your bride/best friend/ sister in Christ have many more wonderful memories together. Thanks for also being a blessing to me.

    In Christ,

    Gary

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  27. Anniversary blessings! For many more years.

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  28. Very nice story. I always like to learn how couples get together. Happy Anniversary too. πŸ™‚

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  29. Marts says:

    This is wonderful Mitch…

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  30. adguru101 says:

    Happy Anniversary, and here’s to another 35! Congrats, Alisa

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  31. trE says:

    A very happy anniversary to you both, Mitch! πŸ™‚ You guys are a beautiful couple!

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  32. Ramya U says:

    Wow, lovely ❀ Heartiest wishes to you both ❀

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  33. Happy Anniversary, Mitch!!

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  34. Kellie says:

    Oh wow, beautiful love story! Congrats πŸ₯³

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  35. Amplifying the best in each other, especially when it comes to faith, is the recipe for success! Many best wishes for many more years of a happy union!

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  36. Happy Anniversary! Your wife is beautiful. You look like you belong together. ❀❀

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  37. Simply beautiful! Happy Anniversary ❀️

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  38. Piano girl says:

    Happy Anniversary! ❀️

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  39. sniderjerry says:

    You’ve got it made now. I’ve heard it said the first 35 years are the toughest. Happy Anniversary – what a great love story. All the best. Jerry

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  40. dovalpage says:

    How beautiful! Happy anniversary!

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  41. Pam Webb says:

    Lovely love stories keep the world from becoming completely difficult to bear. Congrats!🍾🎈🎊

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  42. Relax... says:

    Wonderful post/tribute. Happy Anniversary!

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  43. Happy anniversary, Mitch!

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  44. Beautiful love story! Congratulations 😊

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  45. ABoomer says:

    You are blessed – Congratulations and all the best for the next 35!

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  46. Congratulations and may God bless you both.

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  47. Blessings on your Anniversary!β€οΈπŸ™

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  48. Virginia says:

    HaPpY ANNIVERSARY MITCH! May the love of Jesus continue to knit your hearts together for many more years to come. πŸ’πŸŒΉπŸŒŸπŸ’žπŸ™πŸ’

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  49. AnuRijo says:

    Happy Anniversary..made for each other couples
    πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ™ŒπŸ»stay blessed πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’™πŸ’™

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