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Thursday, August 25, 2016

MILESTONES

It is my understanding that “blog” is a contraction of “web log,” which carries with it the implication that a blog will be someone’s account of matters personal.  This blog, for the most part, has failed at that effort, including instead extended discussions of intellectual and political topics that can only by the loosest construction be called “personal.”  Still and all, I feel a certain residual obligation to adopt the confessional voice, so I am happy to announce that today Susie and I mark our twenty-ninth anniversary.  We shall celebrate by trying out a restaurant called St. Jacques in Raleigh that bills itself as offering authentic French cuisine.  Inasmuch as it is located in a mall, I am perhaps understandably a trifle skeptical, but the on-line menu does list frogs’ legs, which Susie particularly likes, so perhaps the evening will go well.

Twenty-nine years is a good run, but hardly remarkable.  Perhaps more noteworthy is the fact that later on in the fall, we shall reach the sixty-eighth anniversary of our first date.  I was fourteen and smitten with the pretty girl sitting at the desk in front of me in home room in Forest Hills High School.  I got up the courage to ask her out on a date [a revival of Marcel Pagnol’s pre-war film César], and we went steady for five years.  It then took me another thirty-two years to marry her. 


Nobody ever accused me of being a fast worker.

8 comments:

s. wallerstein said...

That's a beautiful love story.

How incredible that at age 14 you were able to intuitively or unconsciously select someone suitable for a life-time partnership! Most people at age 14 do not have that capacity at all and that's worth reflecting on if you're analyzing your cognitive autobiography.

David Auerbach said...

Should you find the restaurant unsatisfactory (or even if you find it satisfactory), email me, if you like, and I'll tell you where you should eat, at least in Durham/Chapel Hill/Carrboro.

Jerry Fresia said...

Nice story but it begs a host of questions. I will have to delve into the autobiography!.

T Verga said...

Congratulations to my favourite couple I've never met. Hope you enjoyed the frog legs, I haven't had them in years and I miss them

Tom Cathcart said...

I remember the story of your scandalous behavior at that movie, but I won't tell. Happy anniversary!

Venkataraman Amarnath said...

Mr Wallerstein,

When we were freshman chemistry majors, my wife was fifteen and I was sixteen. Some people make wise decisions even at that age and we got married after only seven years. Last year we celebrated the fiftieth anniversary by publishing a research paper in Chemistry and dedicating it to the memory of the professor who kindled our interest in the subject as well as in each other.

s. wallerstein said...

Venkataraman Amarnath,

My congratulations on your long and happy marriage! May you share many more happy years together!



Venkataraman Amarnath said...

Thanks, Mr Wallerstein.