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I taught high school for many years, and one of my subjects was Home and Family Living. In that course I taught students everything from dating relationships to parenthood. The first semester was spent talking about dating and falling in love and then getting married. We always had a mock wedding off campus at some chapel with all the students playing the various roles. Then the second semester I taught about the marriage relationship, budgeting, and parenting. We had a lot of fun with this class, and I talked a great deal about it at home.
My husband is not the romantic type as he is very precise and organized in the way he does things. He doesn’t say “I love you” often, but he does things that make me know he does love me very much that I don’t need those words out loud.
We were married in October, so our anniversary always falls during the school year. One year I was teaching my class when a student knocked on the door. When I went to investigate, she held a crystal vase filled with beautiful red roses. She wore a big grin on her face and said, “These were just delivered for you.”
I was absolutely floored. I took them and went back into the room. Of course the students made all sorts of comments, and they all wanted to know who had sent them. I smiled and said, “It’s our wedding anniversary.” I opened the card and read, “This is to let your students know you do know the secrets for a happy marriage. Happy Anniversary. Love, Rex.” He had sent eighteen roses for eighteen years of happy marriage. I read the card to the class and they all clapped and cheered.
That reinforced what I knew all along. He did care about what I had to say and what I did every day, he wanted others to know how much he loved me. After that I again received roses on our anniversary at school, but not every year so they would be a surprise and an example for my students. We celebrated fifty years of marriage in 2009.
Thank you, Martha, for sharing your heart-warming real life romance with us.