Sunday, March 21, 2010


Today would have been our 40th wedding anniversary. The photos are, obviously, from our wedding, and, yes, the cake was chocolate! My, we were young! Interestingly, Amalie and I had our first date on January 21, 1970. I proposed one month later on February 21, and we were married one month after that on March 21.

We always managed to do something special for our anniversary. One year we were on a Caribbean cruise, and they baked a special cake for us.

But the funniest one of all was 2001 - our 31st anniversary. There is a Baskin Robbins ice cream store just down the street, and without saying anything to Am, I thought it would be appropriate to get an ice cream cake from the “31 Flavors” store. So I went down to Baskin Robbins several days ahead of time and chose a cake. Am and I had been in that store so many times that the young lady, Casey, who waited on me knew the two of us. I said I would pick up the cake on the 21st.

I always knew that Am and I thought alike, but I really didn’t expect her to come up with the same idea. But she did. Without saying anything to me, she went to the same store to buy a cake. And here is where it got interesting. Casey wouldn’t sell her one. She kept making all kinds of excuses. Am pointed to one in the case she liked, but Casey said, “Oh, no. That one’s stale” Whatever Am tried, Casey had some kind of excuse.

So Am came home with the strangest look on her face! She told me what had happened, and it was all I could do to keep a straight face. At some point I did tell her what was up, and we had a good laugh over it. And on the 21st, after dinner, we had a delicious dessert.

Other humor -


Three women die together in an accident and go to heaven. When they get there, St.. Peter says, 
'We only have one rule here in heaven: don't step on the ducks!' 

So they enter heaven, and sure enough, there are ducks all over the place. It is almost impossible not to step on a duck, and although they try their best to avoid them, the first woman accidentally steps on one. 

Along comes St. Peter with the ugliest man she ever saw. St. Peter chains them together and says, 
'Your punishment for stepping on a duck is to spend eternity chained to this ugly man!' 

The next day, the second woman steps accidentally on a duck and along comes St. Peter, 
who doesn't miss a thing. With him is another extremely ugly man. He chains them together with the same admonishment as for the first woman.

The third woman has observed all this and, not wanting to be chained for all eternity to an ugly man, is very, VERY careful where she steps.he manages to go months without stepping on any ducks, but one day St. Peter comes up to her with the most handsome man she has ever laid eyes on ..... very tall, long eyelashes, muscular. St. Peter chains them together without saying a word. The happy woman says, 'I wonder what I did to deserve being chained to you for all of eternity?' The guy says, 'I don't know about you, but I stepped on a duck.


  1. I didn't catch this until today so sorry I missed your anniversary. Such lovely memories and happy photos. I can imagine the laughter!

  2. I hope Casey is still telling that story somewhere! That's priceless!