Toad in the Hole

February 01, 2007

Dialogue, Just Now

"Hey! It's our anniversary! I forgot!"

"Oh hell. Well, I hope rebaked potatoes for dinner is mildly celebratory."

"Sounds good to me. Now, which one would this be?"


"Nah, we already did gutta-percha."

"Styrofoam, then. Excelsior?"

I suppose it complicates matters that we have three anniversaries a year: the real one, the fake one, and the legal one. We usually notice only the real one, and I keep forgetting the date of the legal one. March Somethingth? The fake one would've been Groundhog Day, but the courts were closed that day in 1980.

So far, so good.

Posted at February 1, 2007 04:56 PM


I understand a real one (and would love to know, if you want to share, what makes it real), and I understand a legal one, but what's the fake one?

(When I'm feeling particularly sorry for myself, I am capable of being upset by not having had any anniversaries before the marriage exploded.)

Posted by: narya at February 4, 2007 01:27 AM

Congratulations! --Sally

Posted by: Sally at February 5, 2007 02:51 AM

Thanks, Sally. Hey, at three a year, we should be up in the hundreds by now. Wow, this July it'll be our 238th in dog years!

Narya -- when we went a-traveling in 1980 we took out a marriage license and bought rings, because a/ we were visiting Joe's folks and b/ we were worried about needing a motel now and then in certain fairly non-MYOB sorts of places. Anniversaries minus reason to celebrate... I dunno; as Herb Caen would say, maybe you bettah off.

Posted by: Ron at February 5, 2007 04:48 AM

That's the difficult part, really. In so very many ways, I'm bettah off, but the sadness is still there. I suspect I'm sad about the loss of what I thought we had--a partnership based on honesty--even though it's clear that what we actually had wasn't that. Thus, I'm sad about two things: the discovery that it wasn't what I thought it was, and the loss of the good parts that did exist. Feh. I really shouldn't extrapolate my whining to other people's blogs . . .

Posted by: narya at February 6, 2007 12:59 AM

Go with the Grundsowtag, Ron. It doesnt get any more auspicious that that. Just watched it again last Friday, for about the 10th consecutive year

Posted by: Marci at February 6, 2007 02:34 PM