The Ides of March

disney-polynesian-anniversaryIt might be a bad day to be Julius Caesar but it is a great day to be me.  Here are a few of the reasons why:

I’ve told you good people how much I love my job before.  It can be very busy at times but I love the work.  In a lot of ways it is a hobby with a paycheck.  For the last three or four months my hobby has required Herculean feats of strength and effort, but like any Greek god I shouldered my additional burdens without a grimace and saved the day.

The extra effort was being invested in my new position that is even more like a hobby than the old cool gig.  The great news is that I’ve completed all of the busy work required to get the ball rolling and now I get to dig into the fun parts WHILE getting back to a normal pace.  The last two weeks were hella intense but that all ended a few days ago… right before…

Shannon and I celebrated our 20th Anniversary together at the Walt Disney World’s Polynesian Resort!  We’ve been WDW Passholders together since before we were married and over those decades we’ve always wanted to stay in the Polynesian but it just never happened.

When we checked in the manager came out with a pair of authentic leis and remarried us in the Hawaiian tradition.  There was kissing and “alohas” and it was totally unexpected.  The leis had been woven by the sweetest Hawaiian woman who was celebrating her 81st birthday that day.  She was an amazing woman who genuinely loved weaving leaves and flowers while talking to nice people.  As Shannon and I were walking away from our time with her we both vowed to do everything in our power to be that excited and vibrant in forty years.

Several people asked the kind of question that you automatically ask people celebrating an anniversary: “What’s the secret to staying married for so long.”  I usually gave a hilarious reply that suggested always doing what your wife says, ha ha ha.

Shannon gave the best answer though, and I’m not just saying that because of my comedy hour marital advice.  She said you have to find someone that you enjoy being with.  She and I lucked into each other at a young age and knew we were meant to be together.  “Knowing” is a tricky business.  Sometimes it works out for couples and other times it doesn’t.  We knew, but then we also had the great fortune to have guessed right.

wedding-gift-towelIn 1993 when we were married amidst the Storm of the Century there were not a lot of people that could travel the debris strewn roads and interstates to get to our atypical wedding. During the reception we received a pile of wedding gifts from the bravest guests.  I wish I could remember more about them but the video showing the ceremony and festivities that day but it’s on a VHS tape.  We don’t even have a DVD player anymore so I may need to go antiquing soon so I can buy a VHS player.

Anyhoo, this raggedy old towel came from Carol who was there the summer Shan and I met.  It was part of a thick, fluffy set but this lone towel is the surviving representative.  We held it up this week and reminisced about all of the places this towel had been, all of the babies it has dried off, all of the moves it has protected plates or glasses, and all of the floors it has kept us from slipping on.  It has seen some amazing history.

I love my wife, I love my kids, I love my job, and starting today I am loving myself a little more while I take Somer’s Green Smoothie Challenge! I’ve been a Green Smoothie King for a while now.  I’ve found it to be a great way to start the day.  It is the afternoon and evening where I’ve been dropping the ball.  However, I’ll be following Somer’s approach of NOT having a bag of tater tots for dinner and I’m hoping this will help take care of my tight pants.

May you all have a much better day than Ceasar did.


About jasongillett

I'm Jason Gillett, 2 year VEGAN, and a 41 year old family man. My wife & I teach in a FL school. I am using a blog to chronicle our family's new life. View all posts by jasongillett

6 responses to “The Ides of March

  • Somer

    Congrats on the anniversary. If the green smoothie challenge doesn’t work wonders I’ll eat my hat….

  • Vegan Gypsy

    What a beautiful post! Congratulations on your many years of wedded bliss.

    • Pops

      That was an amazing day! Snow in Alachua in mid-March, peacocks with blisters on their feet from riding out the storm in the top of the pines, chain saws to get down the roads to Camp Crystal Lake for the wedding, food from Winn-Dixie because they were the only ones with a generator that could open, and you married a fine fine woman. Good work. Love to you both and hopefully after the next 40 you will be making flower wreaths at Disney together and eating tater-tot flavored pineapples.

      • jasongillett

        Thank goodness for Winn-Dixie (I never thought anyone would say that)! It was a heck of an exciting day Pops. The photos from that day make everyone look so young. There must be a mistake…

    • jasongillett

      Thanks VG! The 40 year anniversary post will be even better!! : )

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