Monday, June 18, 2012


Welcome to Fishducky Funday!
I'll be back to post on Wednesday.

        I believe I have discovered the secret of a happy marriage!  What is it, you ask?  I’ll tell you.  It’s very simple.  The answer is MUSHROOMS.  Actually, not only mushrooms--that would be silly--but also olives (both green & black) & avocados.  You may ask, how can this be?  Bud & I have been married since February, 1955.  I have never cared for mushrooms (the taste is good but I HATE the consistency) & since he won’t eat olives or avocados, for over 57 years now any food offensive to one (but yummy to the other) automatically gets transferred to the other’s plate.  Don’t laugh—it works for us!
We still find each other (reasonably) attractive.  Perhaps that’s due to failing eyesight caused by old age.  We have both added a few pounds over the years.  My features are still good—but my face needs ironing. We both suffer from an advanced case of altakockeritis.  This is a disease that old Jews get that can’t be fully explained to those not of our faith.  (Think of it as a sort of mild form of Alzheimer’s.)  We share the belief that you know your relationship is solid when one of you can belch (or pass gas) & both of you can laugh.  Does this mean it’s true that love means never having to say you’re sorry?

I used to ask Bud, as a joke, “Are you still glad you married me?”   Depending on what had occurred prior to my asking, he would either smile & say, “Yes”, or moan & say sarcastically, “Oh, boy, am I EVER glad!”   For our 25th anniversary he gave me a charm which I wear on a neck chain.  It is one ounce of silver in the shape of an ingot.  On the front it says, “25” & on the back is “I’m glad”, my husband’s name & the date.  We went out to dinner with our family to celebrate our 50th anniversary.  I fully expected a gold version of the charm.  What I got instead was a cake he had ordered.  It was a loaf cake with yellow frosting, shaped like an ingot with a ring on one end to slip a “chain” through.  Written on the top was “I’m glad”.  I laughed & told him how clever I thought that was & asked him where my real gold one was.  He asked if I knew how much gold was selling for these days & said he wasn’t sure if I was still worth it.  I’m pretty sure he was kidding, but I’m still waiting for my gold ingot.

    He did have this made for me several years ago.  It’s gold, with tiny sapphire eyes.  It looks just like me, don’t you think?  It even has its mouth open.

                                       This is me.                                     

This is my necklace.

Some people say that marriage is like a deck of cards.  All you need at the beginning is two hearts & a diamond.  By the end, you’re looking for a freaking club & a spade!  Then there’s the couple who were celebrating their 27th anniversary.  He gives her a beautiful bouquet of roses.  She looks at them & asks him why there are only 23 flowers.  He tells her there’s one for every good year of their marriage.  She smiles sweetly & tells him that she understands.  She then removes two roses from the bouquet & drops them in the wastebasket.
One of my sons sent me this:

I love adventure & surprises—that’s why I enjoy going for a drive with my husband.  We often take the scenic route to our destination.  We don’t plan to, he just gets lost.  He doesn’t have, nor does he want, a GPS, which is probably a good thing.  I can hear his GPS now, talking to him.  “I TOLD you to turn left 3.4 miles ago, but do you ever listen?”  (I hear a lot of things that nobody else does.  I used to be upset that the voices kept talking to me until I realized they were usually right!)
My husband loves me most when I’m just being myself.  I’m glad, because I tried being someone else once--Jennifer Anniston--& it didn’t work.  I couldn’t fit into her body.  I love being married—it’s so great when you find that one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life!

For better or worse, I’m fishducky   


  1. Lucky indeed, as many settle or never find that one special person to annoy. And whatever works, works and yeah I've told those GPS things to shut up a time or ten haha

  2. Hehe Fran - I'm sure you're worth your weight in gold ... who needs Ingots ...

  3. LOL! I hope you get your gold ingot! What a blessing you found each other. :):)

  4. The love you two have for each other shines through everything you write. It is truly wonderful to see two people truly happy and in love after so many years.

  5. This is so cute! Lately, I keep asking my husband if he's going to dump me for a younger woman. I think he really means he won't!;)

  6. This is so cute! Lately, I keep asking my husband if he's going to dump me for a younger woman. I think he really means he won't!;)

  7. Maybe he's saving for your 75th anniversary, you know it's diamonds. I totally agree on the food thing, it works for us too. I love your writing style, it always puts a smile on my face.

  8. I love your necklace. It's perfect, just like you. And me.

    Janie Lola

  9. Love your ducky necklace! That is amazing! You should do marriage classes; it would be so much more entertaining than books out there! ;)

  10. Love it!!! Hubby and I will celebrate 30 years of wedded bliss this year, well not always, and as hubby says "I am comfortable just being in the same room with you"...I am blessed and it sounds like you are too!!!

  11. Dear Fishducky, the golden duck is lovely. Do you wear both of your celebratory charms at the same time? The silver one and the gold one?

  12. Bud would not be the man he is without you. I'm glad you are fishducky!

  13. Dear EVERYBODY--We just got back from our lovely & amazing granddaughter's high school graduation in Connecticut. It was tiring but WONDERFUL!! Thank you all for your comments!!! (Dee--One at a time.)

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