Five years and counting, or: from Paris to Queensborough

This was us, five years ago today: happily newly married, and all dressed up for the occasion. (Photo by Richard Maddox)

This was us, five years ago today: happily newly married, and all dressed up for the occasion. (Photo by Richard Maddox)

Today, my friends, is a happy day for Raymond and me: it is our fifth wedding anniversary! Five years ago today we were married in a very small (immediate family only) ceremony at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul, our home church in Montreal. Shortly thereafter we embarked for Paris, where we proceeded to enjoy the best honeymoon ever: three weeks divided between Paris and Provence. Magical! (I wrote a bit about it – and posted a photo – here.)

We both find it amusing to consider what we would have thought if someone on that grey, cold (though at least not snowy, like today) April 12, 2008, had told us that five years later we would be celebrating not just our anniversary but our handsome Manse in Queensborough, Ont. – the house that I grew up in. Frankly, if the very notion had been whispered in my ear five years ago, you would have been able to knock me over with the proverbial feather. As for Raymond, I fear he would have – well, let’s not go there.

Anyway, here we are, five years later, happy as clams, and especially happy about our Manse. And here is the evidence: two photos taken last summer, just after the planting of an elm tree at the Manse. We both felt very proud, and so took each other’s photos. Here’s Raymond with the new tree (in front of that very handsome Manse):

Raymond elm tree

and here’s me:

Katherine elm tree

Neither of us quite as dressed up as we were on April 12, 2008. But just as happy.

Maybe even more so!

17 thoughts on “Five years and counting, or: from Paris to Queensborough

  1. Oh, Kathleen. What a lovely little story. And you both looked, and still look, so happy together. I love it when people find their soul mates in later life. Happy anniversary and many more to come.

  2. Well, Rick and Ilse, you’ll always have Paris … and Vaison-la-Romaine! Congratulations, you two, on your anniversary, and your success in proving Thomas Wolfe wrong – you not only could, but have, gone home again.

  3. Congratulations to our Queensborough Queen and Prince Consort!! Wishing you the very best in the coming year.. P.S. Dr. K was right about the doughnuts, true?

  4. Happy Anniversary and many more enjoyable celebrations in your childhood home. While you reminisce about the old and create wonderful new stories, what better way to enjoy a gifted blessing of marriage in beautiful Queensborough. Wishing you great fun & excitement in the coming years & lasting memories together. 🙂

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