Well, today is the big day! Our 40th Wedding Anniversary. On June 6, 1970 at 6:30 pm, my husband and I were married in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s been very interesting during our 40th celebration to hear about the news of Al and Tipper Gore getting a divorce, to hear journalists debating the “Forty Year Itch.” Through all these articles you can feel the sadness and unnerving feelings over a couple who had weathered four decades together, even as they debate that it’s fine to go your separate ways.
As we proceed through our “40 List,” we are overcome with how long 40 years is and how much work and love it takes, and how rewarding and rich it feels to be in this place, still loving and growing together. I was so delighted to open a very tiny, very special gift from my husband. He gave me a beautiful 18 k diamond necklace. This necklace is extra special. It was created by Italian designer Roberto Coin whose signature designs hide a ruby in each piece.
I learned a few days ago that the 40th Anniversary gift is the RUBY. On the back side of this beautiful cross is a hidden ruby. Roberto says, According to an ancient belief, wearing a ruby close to the skin promoted long life, health and happiness and even today it is believed to possess these magic powers including the extraordinary ability of giving peace. In 1996, Roberto Coin started signing his jewels by setting a small ruby hidden on the inside of each piece, allowing the distinguished gem to kiss the skin.
I love the symbolism of the ruby, but my faith is not in the jewel, but in the cross of Jesus Christ, which is a perfect symbol of my marriage. Our courtship began as we were interested in spiritual things in college. I know we could not have made it 40 years without our spiritual bond and trust in God.
We enjoyed a brunch today at Austin Country Club and look forward to dinner at Austin’s Uchi tonight. This list is growing as we rack our brains with memories from the past and discover adventures for the future. This week is going to be fun.