Friday, October 13, 2006


"Sensual pleasures have the fleeting brilliance of a comet. A happy marriage, has the tranquility of a lovely sunset."

-Ann Landers

Alan and I have been married 16 years today! As long as I live, I will never understand what a man such as Alan sees in me. He is strong, loving, funny, hard working, talented, handsome, and he can do math. LOL. What could he possibly see in me?

Yesterday, as we left one of our favorite restaurants, we overheard an older couple of about 75, as they got into their car. The wife was impatiently yelling all kinds of disparaging things to her husband. Mean things. The older gentleman simply took his wife's abuse, as she yelled at him even louder. Finally, the two got into their expensive, well-made foreign car, and drove away. The wife, however, could still be heard, yelling at the man, who sat with his head in his hands.

As the couple drove away, Alan stopped walking to the car, and turned to me. "Carly, give me a hug." I looked up into his eyes, and saw love looking back at me. "Thank you, for never treating me that way, and for letting me know over the last 16 years that you never will." Sigh. "It's easy to not treat you that way," I said. "I love you too much to ever behave that way toward you." And then we kissed.

We have sensual pleasures that burn like a comet, and we have the tranquility of a marriage enjoyed, but I will never, as long as I live, understand what he sees in me. But as I stood on the cliffs at San Simeon, and gazing at this sunset, I realized while taking this photo, that maybe I don't have to understand what he feels for me, I only have to enjoy it, and watch it burn bright.

Happy Anniversary Alan
"Passionate Night"
The Cliffs Below Hearst Castle
San Simeon, California
October 12th, 2006


Gaboatman said...

Happy Anniversary! May you and Alan have many, many, more. The picture of the sunset is beautiful, as is the love the two of you share.

Robbie said...

Happy Anniversary!

Anonymous said...

happy anniversary

DesLily said...

Happy Anniversary!!! You sure were in a "romantic spot" for that photo... sure that's all you did there? lol..

Anonymous said...

Wow, Sweet 16 Anniversary.

Congratulations to a couple of very, very special and sweet people.

I wish you the best and I am glad to know both of you.



Suzanne R said...

Happy anniversary to you and Alan, Carly! What a gorgeous shot! A very fitting one, too, for the love you share.

Teena said...

Happy anniversary :)

Lou (Linda) said...

Happy (what sounds like a very) Sweet 16!

Charley said...

Congrats on your anniversary! And as for what he's the perfect compliment to his soul.

Carly said...

Hi everyone :)

Thank you so much for the lovely comments you left for Alan and me. We had a beautiful anniversary, and you all made it even more special with you kind thoughts and wishes! You are the best!

Love, Carly

Phinney said...

Happy Anniversary, you two very lucky ducks.

xoxo phinney

Becky said...

Happy Anniversary!

sunflowerkat119 said...

What a beautiful entry. Not only do you and Alan have something very precious and special....but you recognize it, appreciate it, and nurture it. I know you have many happy years ahead of you. Happy Anniversary to you both.


Karen Funk Blocher said...

You've brought me to tears here. Lovely! And congratulations!