As many of you know, I’m not the kind of person who talks about my personal life. Call it a keen sense of privacy or in some cases simply not feeling comfortable talking about myself.
But something truly wonderful has happened in my life, and I want to share it with you.
Seven years ago, my husband of 47 years died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a heartless, deadly disease, leaving me alone and trying to cope. I did cope, although at times it was very lonely.
Then, while getting ready for a writing retreat in Scotland a year ago, I met someone who changed my life. He’s a poet, an artist, a writer and in one another we found a match for our quirky personalities.
And now I’m wedding planning. Wow! I haven’t done this for many years, and certainly not in the middle of a pandemic. Getting wedding plans organized had been a challenge, but having the service set in such a grand old hotel as the Algonquin in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, has been a wonderful experience.
What is really super about it is this. We are holding the wedding in the room where we first realized what our relationship meant to each other. In the Carleton Rotunda Room, with its beautiful expanse of windows that let the light into the space in a way that is uplifting and delightful, we confessed our love for each other.
But making the preparations meant adjusting everything to meet the COVID restrictions; fewer people, hand sanitizers and masks where appropriate.
Yet, it is still so exciting. I had wonderful help from my friend Julie Gee, my cat sitter, but also a wonderful designer who made my centerpieces which contain yellow roses in wine goblets. You’ll hear more about them in my next newsletter.
What does getting married at seventy-five mean?
A good question in this modern age of living together, cohabiting as they like to call it.
But I’m old fashioned in my thinking, as is my fiancé.
And being married at our age is not a very long time. Let’s be honest. We would have to be very lucky to get fifteen years of health and happiness, but we’re willing to take a chance.
But the reward is having someone you love and cherish with you through thick and thin.
And at our age, we know the thick and thin parts of life. We’ve seen them up close and personal and we’re ready to take them on for the sheer joy of being together.
So, my next blog will be all about my wedding. I am going to have pictures, pictures and more pictures.
Thank you for listening to a woman about to embark on a whole new chapter of her life.
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