Blog No. 8. 2016 Anniversaries

Have you noticed that in the last couple of decades we will find any sort of anniversary to celebrate? It can be a first date, the first time we met someone, the day we started our first job, our first car, our first whatever is unique to us? It does not have to be a grand occasion, just a reminder of a special time in our lives. Now that we in Australia have developed as a Café culture (so they say) the celebration can be as simple as meeting for a Coffee. We were married on the 21st December and if the 21st of any month happens to come to his attention Doug will remark “Happy Anniversary!”

Five weeks after Fiona was born, Doug and I celebrated our first wedding Anniversary. We had booked Dinner at a restaurant in Sorrento and tickets to the screening of My Fair Lady. It was 1964. My sister Celia was happy to babysit but at the last minute I felt I should not leave Fiona with a seventeen year old as she was still very tiny.(no mobile phones in those days). So! As it was already booked and paid for Celia and Doug went out to dinner and I gladly stayed home. According to Celia, Doug spent the whole time talking about us. Even during the magnificent performance of Eliza Doolittle he wondered how Fiona and I were going.

Over the years we always planned on celebrating our Anniversary in style. But, as it was so close to Christmas and life was really busy, we generally bought fish and Chips and took the girls down to the river for tea. In fact it would be twenty years before we went out for dinner on our Anniversary, a gift from Fiona and Shane.

Life can be tough, at any given time one of us will be going through a trial of some kind. Celebrating a special date, no matter how trivial, is a way of encouraging ourselves and adds a little sunshine to our lives. My mother passed away a few years back but on her birthday we go out for coffee and cake because that is something she loved to do.

There are many verses in the Bible about being encouraging. I especially like 1 Thess. 5:14 “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…”

So today, if you are feeling a bit down, make yourself a cuppa and encourage yourself?


Outside Fortnum and Mason on our way in to celebrate our 50th Anniversary (2013)


About Veronica Nowell Author

Veronica Nowell has published four books since 2008. 'a farthing cone', 'a fourpenny wafer' and 'six chocolate coated ice creams'. These have now been produced as a trilogy under the name 'ice creams'. the fourth book is titled 'rainbow icecream'.
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4 Responses to Blog No. 8. 2016 Anniversaries

  1. Jacqui Conlon says:

    Bring on the celebrations! May we be able to share the love of God in ways that celebrate and honour Him.

  2. gill says:

    I’m a big fan of celebrating anniversaries too and I recall our 2nd or 3rd wedding anniversary. Sam was still a toddler. I had bought some lovely romantic candles, made sure Sam was in bed nice and early and we ordered in a delicious chinese takeaway. We had just sat down to eat when a family member turned up and wanted to borrow some tools from Mike and have a chat! They werent to know but I think I ended up eating on my own but I look back on it now and smile.
    great post Veronica. xxx

  3. Thanks for sharing Gill I can relate to that. I think Fiona shouted us that Anniversary Dinner when she was 19 because she had heard the story of us missing that first one. Though of course we Never thought it was her fault.

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