Jennifer here, and I’m welcoming J.C. back to the blog. Cheers for an ardent Chicks on the Case fan and a fun shirt enthusiast. Special congrats to J.C. on his 31st wedding anniversary!
Hi, friends! It’s always a thrill to be back hanging out with the Chicks on the Case, especially today. You see, today is special because it is the 31st anniversary of the best day of my life. The day I said, “I do,” to my favorite person in the world, my wife Nancy.
How it Started
Just look at that picture. Good golly, were we ever really that young?
On that day, May 18, 1991, we enjoyed sunny weather, the company of friends and family, and one whale of a reception. Shoot, even our cat Jake got into the spirit. That morning, before we headed for the church, he returned from his morning prowl with a baby bunny in his mouth and took it straight to Nancy. After the shock, we recognized it for what it was – a wedding present from our feline roommate. How thoughtful, right!?!
BTW, the bunny wasn’t dead. I got it outside before it suffered any permanent damage. Once free, it escaped to safety under some nearby bushes. No doubt with its own story to tell of that day.
Since then, we’ve had our share of adventures as we’ve made the trek from young newlyweds to one of the last couples still standing during the anniversary dance at our neighbor’s recent wedding. That includes moving six times during our first nine years as a married couple. When we moved into our current home, twenty-two years ago, I swore I’d never move again. So far, so good on that edict. Though the yard work isn’t nearly as enjoyable as it used to be!
Like any couple, Nancy and I have had our fair share of ups in the last 31 years. We both got our Master’s Degrees. Our older child, Shea, was born in 1996. The younger, Aidan, in 2001. We watched the Indianapolis Colts bring home the city’s first Super Bowl Championship ever and the Chicago Cubs, Nancy’s favorite baseball team, win their first World Series in over 100 years. This past February, we got to take a bucket list trip and spent a week in Puerto Rico. Talk about the best of times!
There were even a few years where we got all fancy and attended a Holiday Ball that raised money to buy Christmas presents for kids in need. That’s us at the 2012 event. Pretty fancy, huh?
And like all couples, we’ve been through our share of downs, too. Parents and friends have passed away. On May 1, 2009, Nancy was diagnosed with breast cancer. The months that followed were some of the toughest in our lives, both physically and emotionally. I spent the summer of 2011 slipping into a deep hole of depression that almost cost me my life. Then, in June 2013, Shea attempted to take their own life. Talk about the worst of times!
We made it through those bleak days in large part by leaning on each other. I’m pleased to report we’re all still together, hopefully ready to take on whatever the future has in store for us.
Thinking about the good, the bad, and the in between makes me proud that Nancy and my marriage is something that’s lasted, that’s had staying power.
Definitely more staying power than my formerly dark head of hair! lol
How it’s Going
It also got me pondering other things that have lasted. As an author, those musings naturally lead to the written word. The Gutenberg Bible, considered the first mass produced book, was printed in 1455 and type-set books have been with us ever since! There are still 48 copies around today, though not all are complete. Imagine having one of those in your book collection!
The U.S Constitution was ratified in 1788 and is still around over 230 years later. The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie’s first novel, was published over 100 years ago. Between the recent adaptations of Death on the Nile and Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, I don’t think her influence will be waning any time soon.
A few other things with staying power? How about the Pyramids of Giza, at 4,500 years old, give or take a decade or two! The Mona Lisa has been looking at us with that enigmatic smile for over 500 years. A little closer to home, that quintessential form of American music, jazz, came out of New Orleans (please tip your hats to our NOLA devotee, Ellen Byron) 130 years or so ago. In my hometown, the Indianapolis 500 Race is over 100 years old, having first been run in 1911.
In our world, a lot of things come and go. Remember leaded gas, Beta format videocassettes, and Waldenbooks? All gone. Sometimes, though, through hard work, some faith, and a lot of love, something manages to last for a long time.
Like Nancy and I being each other’s partner in crime for the last 31 years. That’s something I’ll take any day of the year.
How about you? Tell me about something that deserves a shout out for having some staying power? And raise a glass with me. Cheers to 31 years of being happily married! And hoping this ride lasts as long as possible.
J.C. Kenney is the bestselling author of The Allie Cobb Mysteries and The Darcy Gaughan Mysteries. Record Store Reckoning, the first Darcy Gaughan Mystery, came out in March 2022. A Parting Shot, his final Allie Cobb Mystery, was published on April 19. You can find all of his novels wherever books are sold. To learn more, visit his website at www.jckenney.com
In her final case, amateur sleuth Allie Cobb has to track down a vengeful killer from the past before they wreck her future . . .
With her wedding just around the corner, Kickboxing Crusader Allie Cobb decides it’s time to hang up her sleuthing cap for good. But when an affable local cop on the verge of retirement is shot dead at the town’s Fourth of July picnic, Allie can’t help but reconsider her decision. And with everyone at the festivities a potential witness, the police have their hands full and are more than happy to accept Allie’s help.
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