FULL ANNIVERSARY PARTY-CULARS


Ready for the guests.

Ready for the guests.

Our party at the Yacht Club was a blast – from the past!   The memories of all the happy (many after getting exhausted, completely saturated, and gale-blasted) times we had spent there came back to us strongly.  There were also friends and relations we hadn’t seen for some time, so a good deal of catch-up jabbering happened.

The cake somewhat less elaborate than the one of fifty years ago shown in the picture!

The cake somewhat less elaborate than the one of fifty years ago shown in the picture!

Younger daughter had gone to town with décor, and arrangements of laying on a DJ and the works.  The music was almost exclusively from our era.  A looped slide show of wedding photos ran throughout.

Matching party dresses.

Matching party dresses.

(Sad that my Nikon has given up the ghost.  The Handycam stills are not exactly great quality.)

When it came to the speechifying, I welcomed and thanked guests and organisers and all that jazz in very conventional style … well, admittedly, I did kick off with: 

I think it’s up to me to look this opening part up
*reads* Without being uppity, people who are up on speaking have the up-pinion that the upside of the art is – before people get upset or throw up – to stand up, speak up, and shut up.

In paying tribute to Much Better Half for extreme fortitude and heroism in putting up with me for four years of courtship and engagement and another fifty of marriage, I announced that I had written and orchestrated a waltz for her.  When it came to the lyrics, I admitted I had a problem because my normal style was to write something like The Ugly Bunny (I recited it to them).

The DJ played the CD of the waltz, and then played it again muted in the background while I spoke these words against it (my singing voice would repel even a crow):

Once a young lad, while still as a teen
Met up with the most striking girl
that he had ever seen,
Merry and bright, complexion most fair,
So startling a contrast
against her deeply midnight hair.

Squeezed behind seats in a tiny car,
Went out on a drive
which was not all that very far –
As it turned out, would both of them take
Out onto the edge
of a picturesquely pretty lake.

They chatted and found
that their dreams were in tune,
Then went out together,
and it was quite soon
They had become inseparable;
They tarried, but then they married,
And so are they, still –
Through half-century it carried,
And so, always will!

It was played for a third time while the two of us danced to it.  Then, after the buffet supper, we did some more dancing.  Our guests had no stamina – we out-waltzed, and out-rocked-and-rolled them completely.   It was a wonderful party!

© Colonialist December 2013 (WordPress)

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41 Responses to FULL ANNIVERSARY PARTY-CULARS

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  3. Leanne Cole says:

    What an amazing achievement for both of you, congratulations, that is wonderful.

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  4. bluebee says:

    Oh Congrats, Col and MBH! That’s fabulous! Also good to peek inside the old YC again – been a while…

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  5. Kathleen says:

    Oh wow… seems like you all had an awesome time. 🙂 Everything looked amazing and I am sure Mrs Col loved the waltz. 🙂

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  6. adeeyoyo says:

    Congratulations, Col and Mrs Col. What a wonderful celebration you had!

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  7. Tokeloshe says:

    What a beautiful celebration. Well done. Congratulations.

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  8. It sounds as though you and MBH had a very memorable celebration. What a lovely setting, and your two little ones look gorgeous. Love the sweet and romantic poem. Great that you are aware of your limitations, and didn’t attempt to sing it. 😀

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  9. optie says:

    What can I say that has not already been said? Except that you threw an amazing party and that you and MBH are the poster couple for how a long and happy marriage keeps you young at heart. Congratulations to you and your dear lady once again.

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  10. Colline says:

    What a wonderful event to celebrate. Congrats to both a you. You are a wonderful example to others.

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  11. SidevieW says:

    congratulations to you both

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  12. The Asian says:

    I’m sure MBH really appreciated the waltz and signature Colonialist rhyme. I’m sure she wouldn’t mind putting up with you for another 50 years!

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  13. 68ghia says:

    i can still remember my grandparent’s fiftieth anniversary. This was about 20 years ago, mind, but just the thought of two people staying together and sticking it out through the years – magnificent!
    Congratulations Col – you should share your recipe!

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  14. Happy 50th Anniversary to both of you, the party and decorations look awesome and what a wonderful ode to your wife……I can see why she kept you around for so long…lol….

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  15. bulldog says:

    This was a wonderful celebration that you had… and Col only knowing you thru the Blog I would loved to have heard your speech… it must be one all will remember for many years to come… again congrats to you both…

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  16. nrhatch says:

    How FUN! So glad that you and MBH are still “in tune” with each other.

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  17. Congratulations again. It all looks and sounds quite wonderful.

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  18. suzicate says:

    Happy Anniversary! How sweet that is about the waltz, and love your poem.

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  19. It’s wonderful that you have so many friends and family close enough to want to invite to a party. For our 50th we took our children and their families away for a weekend celebration. So Congratulations on all parts of the story.

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  20. misswhiplash says:

    also just to say ..your comment about my ex..was dead right

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  21. misswhiplash says:

    Its good when a plan comes together, especially after 50+ years..Congratulations to you both ..we shall all be waiting for the 60 year party pics

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  22. gipsika says:

    Got a problem posting a comment. It looks like a really super party – very nearly a re-wedding. 🙂

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  23. cobbies69 says:

    Dancing is not my forte, but with enough liquid confidence I could talk the hind legs off the proverbial…… brilliant time had by all. 🙂

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  24. Pussycat44 says:

    I bet you had the revellers in stitches with your speech and anecdotes. It sounds like you had a rip-roaring time. Well done to MBH!

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  25. It sounds like a wonderful occasion, and lovely that you got your verses squeezed in there!
    Congratulations to you both…..quite a feat nowadays 🙂
    I arranged a golden wedding party for my parents three years ago, and it was such fun reliving and hearing so many stories from their past!

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  26. I imagine a few celebratory drinks were shared. Love your speech! Glad you had such a marvellous party.

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  27. newsferret says:

    Congrats again and it looks like it was great event.

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  28. oh soooo nice to see and read *sniff sniff* (((hug)))

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  29. “Our guests had no stamina – we out-waltzed, and out-rocked-and-rolled them completely.” definitely a great party then with lots of memories of then and now for the guests of honour!

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  30. cupitonians says:

    Oh that is so beautiful. The place looks amazing. So does the cake. Your speech and the idea of your waltzing with your wife just warmed my heart. Again, CONGRATULATIONS!

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