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Thursday, July 02, 2009

Bill Bonner and his "main squeeze" celebrate their 25th anniversary

We came back to Paris last night to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. It wasn’t much of a celebration…just a simple dinner for two in a simple restaurant in the old Palais Royale.

It was a hot day in Paris. We sat outside in the galleries of the old palace. Near to us was another couple. Middle aged, they seemed like people who were getting together for the first time, not a couple who had been married for a long time. The man reminded us of John Malkovich. The woman? She was not an especially attractive woman, with straight gray/black hair cut as short as a man’s. They held hands. They looked into each other’s eyes. They seemed to be making plans for a happy future.

When you’ve been married for a long time, on the other hand, you have to wonder if your happiness is not more past tense than future. You can recall the happy times you spent together…how the children were when they were little…how much fun you had when you were poor and starting out in life…and all you went through together to get to where you are now. But when you look ahead, your weary eyes fail. You may feel as though you’ve said all you had to say – and agreed to disagree. You may feel as though the grand adventure of your lives has peaked out – like a bull market – with nothing but the downward slope left for you. You may feel that the great mystery of coupling has been revealed. Getting to know someone and getting together…even fusing your flesh, blood and spirit to form fully new human beings…is there anything left to discover? Are there more surprises coming?
-- from "Depressions Take Time" by Bill Bonner

Bill, I sure hope there is a lot left to discover and many more surprises to come!

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