For twenty-five years (minus a day) I had a memory of rose-colored glass. Uwe and I got married a quarter of a century ago. Aside from thinking Yikes, how did that happen?!, I have sighed Awwww. Not many things last this long, especially when we’re talking about human beans….
You know how some couples seem to glide through life without ever having a disagreement?
We aren’t that couple.
But I distinctly recall that the hotel room where we spent our first night as husband and wife had old-fashioned windows with glass panels in various colors. I can remember looking at those little panes and thinking, How wonderful to begin married life looking at the world through rose-colored glasses. That first image has comforted me countless times. It’s provided me with endless inspiration, and I love telling friends the story of those old windows that shimmered and glowed like gemstones.
Our wedding anniversary recently took place, and we wanted to return to the little town in Alsace where it all began. We booked the same hotel and both think we may even have been given the same room. We drove over a day before our anniversary and checked in as it began to rain. The sight of the rain on the windows was get outta here romantic.
I took some pictures. But later, checking to make sure my photos turned out, I was puzzled. The views of the village outside the windows had stayed pretty. But, wait a second: where were the colored panes of glass both of us are sure we remember?
Had my mind and emotions played tricks all these years, keeping me roped in with a faulty metaphor? Or is my eye sight seriously that bad?
The mystery was solved by a friend who reminded me that hotels – especially old ones – spend money on renovations. So, along with the elevator that was not there when we checked in 25 years ago, the windows were probably recent too. The glass in the windows is now textured, ‘pebbled’ maybe is the word I want. The view is still ever so slightly wavy and distorted…
We had three gorgeous days in one of our favorite regions in Europe. Yes, it remained romantic. As you can see from the photos, with rain or without, the views from the windows are lovely.
And, in the right light, my world as a married woman still looks rose-colored.
NOTES: ©Jadi Campbell 2018. I dedicate this post to Uwe, my wonderful, long-suffering spousal unit. To see his photos from our trips go to viewpics.de.
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14 thoughts on “My Silver Wedding Anniversary, or the Rose-Colored Windows that Weren’t”
What a lovely post, Jadi… much joy and happiness for the next twenty five years… Loved the pics and images of a beautiful place…
So far in my marriages, I’ve clocked up six years with the first husband, forty three with the next one, and am three years into this one… the best of the lot !!!!
When we do it right, things get better with age don’t they?
Thanks. It was a good one.
A fearless, indeed a peaceful and joyful, confrontation with time’s passing. Thomas and I dealt with it mostly by ignoring it. Not quite, but mostly. DOn’t want to think about 25 years already behind us, because there’s still so much that wants doing.
Natasha, let me add this about the shock of time passing: Uwe told me he thinks the next 25 years will be even better!
I bet the hotel has new owners now, as well as new windows. It’s sad that so many things change, but you get to keep the wonderful memory.
Indeed – but when we decided to return to the town for our anniversary, the name of the hotel had remained the same.
I suppose that’s something. 😉
Happy Anniversary!! What lovely pictures and memories shared!
Thanks Diana — friends like you have us beat by quite a few years but 25 still felt (and feels) like a special milestone!
Happy anniversary Jadi. Well done on Silver.
It feels good!