It’s Our Anniversary!

Valentine heart-shaped baloons in a blue sky with clouds. Vector background

Sixty-two years. We are often asked, “What’s the secret?” Darned if we know. We do know that we’ve been incredibly lucky in so many ways. Whatever health problems have occurred have been fixable, and for that we are very grateful.

However, as we look back, there is one thing that has made the journey easier. In the early years of our marriage when the kids were tiny, we lived in a little house without air conditioning. During the summer, when our neighbor, Miss Harris, was in her garden, she could hear everything above a whisper that went on in our kitchen. One day she remarked to Mary, “You two sure do laugh a lot.”  We did and still do—at this crazy world and at ourselves. The walls of our pre-war New York City apartment building are thick; so far the neighbors haven’t complained.                                                         HK—MLK



As soon as we promised
for better or worse,
she put words in my mouth;
I did the reverse.

Then we could converse
without being heard
by a hidden bug
or a tattletale bird.

Since I can’t see
there’s anything to it,
I can’t tell you
how we do it.

We echo each other
like rhymes in a verse
that hold it together
for better or worse.

Herb Knapp     From the forthcoming Flying Backwards by Herb








Filed under Monuments and Memorials, Poetry

11 responses to “It’s Our Anniversary!

  1. Ann Haddad

    Happy Anniversary, Mary and Herb! Congratulations!!!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Anthony Bellov

    I hope you continue laughing for many more years.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. sarah knapp

    Have you noticed how much your children laugh? Thanks for showing us how. Happy anniversary.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Kim

    Even as a little kid, all I really remember is lots of laughing. In chorus.
    A real teachable moment and inspirational.

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  5. Grace

    Happy anniversary. Could it possibly by 62 years? I do remember a lot of laughing in that little house even when things were not always going great. It might have been that chocolate fudge heart we kept on the refrigerator.


  6. Carol

    Happy Anniversary and wishing you may more! We tried to catch up to you but only got to 60; maybe we don’t laugh enough. Carol & Marty


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