A Fourteenth Anniversary

Number of years married: 14 on August 31
Number of years together as a couple: 18.5
Where we met: Biology lab at UofO. We were rubbing tomato plants with Vaseline. Yup.
Number of apartments we shared: 3; the first was a tiny bachelor apartment but it was on Somerset and Elgin so it totally rocked anyway.
Number of homes we have owned together: 1
Number of cars we have owned together: 3; all Mazdas
Honeymoon spot: Quebec City; we were both grad students at the time and our budget couldn‘t manage Europe.
Number kids: 2 girls aged 8 and 6. They are perfection.
Number of major house renovation projects we have undertaken together: 2, gutted our ground floor in 2006, gutted our basement in 2010.
Things Tony has taught me how to do: swim well, keep a campfire going, make spaghetti sauce, bike in city traffic.
Things I have taught Tony how to do: hold a tennis racket properly, how to go see a play at the GCTC, how to eat an avocado, and how to listen to the CBC.
Wedding location: St. Joseph’s
Reception: Army Officer’s Mess on Somerset St. (no, Tony is not military)
Number of wedding guests: 65
Number of great-grandparents present at said wedding: 1
Number of years of ballroom dance lessons taken: 4
Number of years since we have taken a dance lesson: 8 (coincidentally the same age as our oldest child).
Things I have learned about Tony: If he says something “hurts”, it is time to get him to the emergency room immediately.
Things Tony has learned about me (as written by Tony): “She doesn’t give herself enough credit for how capable she is.”


The other day on Twitter, Alan Neal from All in a Day tweeted to ask for favourite memories of Dick Maloney. It was almost 6pm so his show was almost over, but I sent mine in anyway.

Here is what I wrote. It was written quickly and I’m choosing not to edit it even though it could really use it:

I’m too late, but I still have a great memory of Dick Maloney. It was 1997 on August 31 and it was my first wedding anniversary. For our wedding, my husband Tony and I had taken some ballroom dancing lessons so that we could do something a bit nicer than the usual swaying around the floor for our first dance.

We learned a fox trot and we danced to Gershwin’s Love is Here to Stay sung by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

One year later, we were still starving students but we saved up enough money to go out for a night of dinner and dancing in centretown to celebrate our first anniversary (I wish I could remember the name of the restaurant).

Dick Maloney was providing the music of the evening.

Tony and I hit that dance floor for the night. We were young and still newlyweds and obviously enjoying every minute of our night out. Mr. Maloney seemed a little bit charmed by us if I may say so, and he talked to us quite a lot that evening. I guess it wasn’t every day that he would see 26 year olds dancing to his music.

On every wedding anniversary I always remember that night and how friendly and kind Dick Maloney was to us. I’ll be thinking of him next Tuesday when Tony and I celebrate our fourteenth.


The years of marriage with children are much more stressful than those before kids. But together Tony and I must be doing something right, because we have the best girls ever, and we have a happy home. Some days are hard to be honest. But I know that Tony and I are there for each other no matter what and always.

I love you Tony-O.

About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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9 Responses to A Fourteenth Anniversary

  1. zoom says:

    Awww. What a sweet post. Happy anniversary you two lovebirds. (Speaking of which…how would you like a pair of baby lovebirds as an anniversary gift??)

  2. Capital Mom says:

    Happy anniversary! You look lovely in the photo.

  3. Laura says:

    Beautiful post & photo Finola. Happy Anniversary! Make your life even more perfect…take the baby love birds. lol

  4. Happy anniversary! Nice post too!

  5. Finola says:

    Zoom, TWO lovebirds?! I have to say it is awfully tempting 🙂

    Capital Mom, Thank You!

    Laura,Thanks for the wishes, and those birds seem awfully sweet.

    Challenges, Why Thank You!

  6. Nat says:

    Happy Anniversary! Sounds like a wonderful and lovely relationship.

  7. XUP says:

    Aw.. that's so sweet — especially what he wrote about you. Congratulations and here's to many, many, many more.

  8. Rebecca says:

    you look so perdy. =)

  9. Sid. says:

    Happy Anniversary!

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