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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

As if Valentine's Day wasn't bad enough

Am I the only one who thinks they run such stories to rub things in our faces? Fred Landis has a Valentine's Day ritual. Sometime, somewhere, he'll lean over to his wife, Gwen, and say, "I love you." They say he's been doing that on Valentine's Days since 1928, when they were married. In October, Fred, 102, and Gwen, 101, celebrated their 77th wedding anniversary, and they are not far shy of a record. The longest current marriage, according to the 2006 edition of Guinness World Records, is 78 years, 296 days. On Valentine's Day 2006, Fred will say "I love you" a bit louder than he used to because Gwen is hard of hearing. Fred has macular degeneration, which has kept him from writing poetry for her. Gwen says Fred wrote poems to her during their courtship, a gesture that may have won her heart. "I think that had something to do with it," she said with a shy smile.

Those bastards. They make the rest of us "cynical realists" look bad. We need to ruin them. Somebody, anybody, send some 20 year old strippers and viagra to the guy, quick. No one deserves a love like that. It's just not fair. *pouts* OK, ok, fine. I admit it: I am just bitter and they are cute as hell, if not inspiring. Happy now? Real-life "7th Heaven" bastards! Grrrrrrrrrr............

11 Comments:

At 2/15/2006 01:18:00 AM, Blogger Crazy Girl said...

Speaking of 7th heaven its almost over..Tear..me loves that sappy show..Made the world seem almost like a good place to live..

oh come on Sm you know you wanna be married for 77 years to the same lady..

 
At 2/15/2006 02:02:00 AM, Blogger programmer craig said...

My grandparents are coming up on their 70th anniversary. Seems like they just used to do the marriage thing better, back in the day.

 
At 2/15/2006 03:35:00 AM, Anonymous Peter-Australia said...

Bugger, I hate reading about such happy, soppy stuff as the loving, 77 year married couple.

Says the bitter, lonely single bloke. I going to go spend some quality time with a beer.

 
At 2/15/2006 05:53:00 AM, Blogger stackdogg said...

Dude, lets be real. They probably stopped having sex decades ago, can't stand each other and go to bed at 5PM. Endless monogomy is not all its cracked up to be.

 
At 2/15/2006 06:01:00 AM, Blogger Prup (aka Jim Benton) said...

My in-laws just made it past their 60th Anniv. Seems like if you get past the first ten, the rest is manageable, somehow.

Jim
(who's going for 15 in three months, but at almost 60, doubts if he'll be setting any records)

 
At 2/15/2006 08:31:00 AM, Blogger Superluli said...

he's probably cheated on her like a million times, and she's either too in love with him to notice, or too poor and sumbissive to take a stand!

be realistic
and who wants to be married for 77 years? must be boring to tears to wake up next to the SAME person every day.
ughh
A sucessful marriage has to last 3-5 years - that's enough

 
At 2/15/2006 01:28:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First off, there are alot of couples who do stay married and don't cheat on each other. You don't hear much about them, good things only make the news when you hit a record like these people have. I'm speaking from experince, going on 20 years this year. Don't be so quick to think that they don't still do it. You'd be surprised at some of the things I've heard the older generation say. Lots of older married couples have continued with normal relations atleast 3 times a week. Maybe someday we will have to cut back to that number? ;)

 
At 2/15/2006 01:29:00 PM, Anonymous Suz said...

"he's probably cheated on her like a million times, and she's either too in love with him to notice, or too poor and sumbissive to take a stand!" and "Dude, lets be real. They probably stopped having sex decades ago, can't stand each other and go to bed at 5PM. Endless monogomy is not all its cracked up to be"

Wow! I can't believe what I'm reading here. You guys are really cynical and shallow about love IMHO.

 
At 2/15/2006 01:38:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My long term marriage is like that. Hehe.

 
At 2/15/2006 03:45:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let me not to the marriage of true minds
admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! it is an ever-fixed mark,
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth ’s unknown, although his height be taken.
Love’s not Time’s fool, though rosy lips and cheeks
Within his bending sickle’s compass come’
Love alters not with his brief hours and weeks,
But bears it out even to the edge of doom.
If this be error and upon me proved,
I never writ, nor no man ever love.

Willy S.- Sonnet CXVI

 
At 2/15/2006 08:37:00 PM, Blogger pamela said...

The whole time I was reading this, I kept thinking, Really? His ritual is to say "I love you" every Valentine's Day? Um... isn't that the one day *everyone* says I love you? How about the other 364 days of the year?

Or does that just make me super-cynical?

 

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