For the LORD your God is bringing you into a good land—a land with streams and pools of water, with springs flowing in the valleys and hills; a land with wheat and barley, vines and fig trees, pomegranates, olive oil and honey; Deuteronomy 8:7-8 (NIV)
On June 27, 1981 when husband and I were married, Ronald Reagan was President. That was the first year that the phrase the Internet was used, Post It Notes were invented, Microsoft introduced MS-DOS and the AIDS virus was identified. Popular films were Raiders of the Lost Ark, Nine to Five, Chariots of Fire and On Golden Pond. Diana Ross and Lionel Richie sang ” Endless Love ” and Olivia Newton-John topped the charts with ” Physical. ” Every girl who got married wanted a wedding dress like Princess Diana’s. Thirty years is a lot of water under the bridge. So, in celebration, husband and I rode his motorcycle along the rim of the Little River Canyon and then, went swimming under the Highway 35 bridge at Little River Falls. Yesterday, we went to the falls to swim, but five minutes after we got into the water, it started to storm. So, we went back today and while it was much more pleasant without the weekend crowds, yesterday’s rain made the current stronger and the waterfall much more majestic. We didn’t really swim under the waterfall, but in the shallower pools at the top of the falls. The sound of the water rushing over the rocks was magnficant and very restful. We swam in the chilly water, sat on the rocks, listened to the roar, soaked up the sun and enjoyed the cooler temperatures. It was a great way to start the day. Afterwards, we rode his motorcycle some more along the rim, stopping at the overlooks for pictures. Little River Canyon is like something you would expect to see out west. Rock walls carved by water, wind and time. A green ribbon of water covered is lacy foam far below. Hawks circling overhead on warm currents of air, perching on towering pines. It is a unique and beautiful place. When we returned back to the cabin, our aging bodies were rewarded for three decades of sticking it out together with awesome massages by two local massage therapists. Who would ever have thought thirty years ago when we were struggling newlyweds living on one income while I was in graduate school that we would be able to afford such indulgences now? I thought I was going to melt into a little puddle of drool I felt so relaxed when she was done. Dinner at a steakhouse and a trip to dairy Queen rounded out our evening. Husband and I talked today about whether we would do it all over again if we knew then, what we know now. Neither of us imagined how hard life would be together nor how rewarding. The years when the boys were little went by in a blur. It has only been in the last ten years that we have really felt like we had time to invest in our relationship. But despite the rough currents and rocky patches, we agreed we’d do it all again. So, husband, here’s to the next thirty years! Let’s keep swimming.