Tuesday, August 13, 2013

HA! She Said "I Do" 25 Years Ago Today!

Today I celebrate a silver anniversary with my sweetheart, Darlene.
We have a history (about 10, 000 days!) and many Hass stories with three children. But it almost didn't happen. I believe our engagement was broken three times by Darlene:(
I remember one of those times I went to the Steve Martin movie, "Roxanne", on my own.

We worked through the doubts "back in the day" and have not looked back! Darlene has been a great encourager on my life's path and has a kind, gentle spirit that all who know her will confirm. I have learned that communication IS the key to a good marriage and a willingness to keep improving in all areas. However, as a couple, we realize our limitations and know we wouldn't be a good team on "The Amazing Race." Tough news last night on the Canadian edition of the show for the couple who have been together for 25 years!

It is good to be different though! Perfect example of that in this blog post by family friend, Melissa Feddersen: A Marriage Letter: To The King of the Exclamation Point.

Darlene and I just purchased our first truck on the weekend so many new memories will take place in the future with biking and kayaking excursions and moving items from my Mom's home (she sold it yesterday!). Meanwhile, the cabin property below has been in Darlene's family for 45 years. We will enjoy more time there later this month.

Some of my voice talent friends let me know how important their wives are too in the grand scheme of life.

Bob Souer says: "It's been 24 years and 3 months now for us. Cinda has been a great partner, especially since I went full time in voiceover. Not only does she manage our home wonderfully, she helps direct me when I'm recording audio books or other long form projects."

Dave Courvoisier shares: "My wife, Victoria, and I are celebrating our 30th anniversary in October. To mark the occasion we're traveling to Ireland for a 10-day self-driving tour. What I'd like to say about our relationship is that from the start she has embraced my crazy idea of working two full-time jobs. She saw and understood what it meant to me, and while it makes me generally less available to her, she's always encouraging me. How wonderful to have that built-in support system for something that is my passion. Each year brings a greater understanding of the rock...the foundation she is for me."

Michael J. Schoen let me know that, "Diane and I have been married 22 years. We married when I got an assignment from CBS news to cover the first Gulf War, Operation Desert Storm - and told her I wouldn't go, unless she married me first."

Jason Randle filled me in that, "Our anniversary comes up on the 20th of this month. We have been married for 2 years. Her support of my career and being my friend have made my life incredible!"

If you would like to share some thoughts or feelings about your better half, Darlene and I would love to hear it!

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