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Expat wanderer

36 and Counting

I’ll be your pool-buddy,” AdventureMan said, as we lounged against the side of the pool. It was the best, the very best anniversary present he has ever given me.

My pool buddies are gone. One is coming back, one is not. The pool is big and beautiful, but being alone at the pool isn’t a lot of fun. Although AdventureMan doesn’t like pools as much as I do, he is willing to make the sacrifice – make the time – to make me happy.

We’ve been married 36 years. We didn’t go out last night, instead we had artichokes and tacos, and burned the wedding candle my parents gave us 36 years ago in Heidelberg. Artichokes, because at the first family dinner AdventureMan attended, my mom served artichokes as a first course, and AM thought it was some kind of a test. Tacos because in our 36 years together, it has always been one of our favorite meals, and because I found all kinds of Mexican food supplies in Qatar.

Then we walked over to the pool, swam, bounced around, talked, and when we got out – even though the temperatures were still high – there was a breeze, and we even felt just a tiny bit chilly! Chilly in the blazing heat of the Gulf summer is GOOD!

Just for our 36th anniversary, there was also a full moon. We walked home, cool and breezy, under the light of a great big romantic full moon. 36 years, and it just keeps getting better and better. πŸ™‚

June 8, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Aging, Doha, Exercise, Family Issues, Friends & Friendship, Living Conditions, Marriage, Qatar, Relationships


  1. happy anniversary πŸ˜‰

    Comment by pearls | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  2. Congratulations, and my best wishes for many more!

    Comment by momcat | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. Congratulations!! Glad you had a wonderful day/evening. Wishing you years and years of joy and romance which turns better by the year! πŸ™‚

    Comment by onlooker | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. Thank you so much, Pearls. πŸ™‚

    Thank you, sweetie Momcat! Wishing you the same! πŸ™‚

    Thank you, Onlooker, it was the BEST. Simple. Just the two of us. It was great, and thank you! πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  5. Whats this ??? No kissing


    Comment by daggero | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  6. LOL, Daggero, I was being culturally sensitive and keeping all that private. πŸ˜‰

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  7. Happy 36ths πŸ˜€

    I wish that by gods will you will be blogging about your 75th wedding anniversary πŸ˜€

    Comment by Daddy's Girl | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  8. Congratulations, and my best wishes .Lots of love.

    Comment by Hayfa | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  9. Wooo HOOO, Danderma, me too!

    Thank you, dear Hayfa, and aren’t you celebrating soon?

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  10. Happy Anniversary πŸ™‚

    Comment by Amu | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  11. Happy Happy Anniversary, sis. Still a lifetime of adventures ahead for you guys!

    Comment by sparkleplenty | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  12. Amu! I am so glad to see you! Are you celebrating, too?

    Thank you, sis, and oh, we are so looking forward to a bunch of new adventures. πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  13. Congratulations, we will be celebrating our 25th in July, 36 sounds much better. Missing you. Lots of love

    Comment by Sally | June 9, 2009 | Reply

  14. LOL, Sally, 25 sounds good to me! I remember we were in Saudi Arabia, gold was cheap (and beautiful) and hubby bought me to pieces I still treasure today! 36 yrs was more quiet – we needed it after all the drama and trauma of the move. πŸ™‚

    Comment by intlxpatr | June 10, 2009 | Reply

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