and we are home alone – no family, no friends, no party, no overseas romantic getaway and no presents! –
But who cares? Look how gorgeous we were?
I always tell the story of how I chose Maus. It was a deliberate, intellectual decision not one of the heart. I was an introverted, shy, social inadequate and Maus had fabulous social skills. Everywhere she went, she would say “Hello” to people, she remembered their names and made them feel important. Everyone knew and loved her. We met at a work training school. She was the most popular person in the school – socially confident, charming and extraverted. The opposite to me. I assessed, and rightly so, I needed her.
I knew I needed a person like that so I started to work my magic. Alas, my magic was slow to take effect. It took me a year to even get her to go out with me. But I was persistent, I knew I was on a “good thing”. I asked her out on a regular basis, I even stuck love poems to her front door but still she resisted. I often wonder how she was able to resist my charms for so long but resist them she did. Finally, it was the offer to see the movie “Kramer v Kramer” that won her over.
This photo was taken at our kitchen tea. Geez, I had good friends. Maus and I were moving in together (after only “going out” for three months) and my wonderful friend, Alyson, decided to put on a kitchen tea for us. For the young ones out there, a kitchen tea is the old fashion equivalent of a hens night. All your female friends and family members would gather together for tea and cake and they would bring a kitchen item as a gift to help you set up house.
I don’t know why I have a photo of us sitting on a bed but we look cute nonetheless. I am showing the photo because of my top, it was made from crushed velvet and I loved it. My mum made it.
This photo is to show how skinny I was. The sad thing is, I always thought I was fat. What is it about young people? We always worry about something, don’t we? Maus has always been slim and when she was young she worried all the time about being too slim. I worried about my fat bum and she worried that her bum was not fat enough!!
I was too fat and she was too skinny but when you look at the photo, we are both bloody fine.
Sent you an email earlier today but it bounced! So, went looking for your blog, which I used to look at. Seems you don’t keep it anymore (ongoing, that is)? So, this will also probably not reach you ☹️!
Anyway, having another go to reach out, in case.
Didn’t know of your 40th anniversary! Can’t believe that it has been so long for you and Maureen. Time flies, and now, we are the oldies! I’ve missed most of your life, of course. Would have loved to celebrate the special occasion with you both. Yes, you were (and are, no doubt) gorgeous. I remember the crushed velvet top from years ago – you often wore it and said how much you loved it.
Please reply if you get this.
congrats and happy anniversary! 40 years is something to be proud of. hubby and i are up to 34 years now, plus 4 years before marriage. phew not always easy is it? you both looked gorgeous!
Thanks Sherry, if you don’t look gorgeous when you are young you never will🤨
Happy 40th Anniversary Glenda and Maus, wishing you both many more years together 🌸🌸
Wow 40 years ago since we were at Aly’s for your kitchen tea (I took that pic!). I remember a couple of our school friends kept asking when the wedding was, and who the lucky guy was!! 🤣🤣 Did they get an education that day!
Love you two 💓 💓. Jane
40 years has come and gone so quickly Jane. I just can’t believe these photos.
Glenda, congratulations! That’s quite a wonderful milestone. Stay safe, take care. xx
Thanks Liz, great to hear from you after so long. Xxx
Aww congratulations. Hope you get to go and celebrate soon xx
Hi Kay. It is so good to hear from you. Thanks for your wishes. Regards Glenda
Hi Glenda, just saw your post, looking for the recipe for the Lunch Box cookies. 40 years is a fantastic achievement, Congrats to you and Maureen.I cannot remember you being so slim, Well what do you expect 40 years ago is a long time. Love you
Hi Nit. I look downright skinny 😂
What great pictures- it seems just yesterday we attended your 30th anniversary.. and I haven’t even thought of the term ‘ kitchen tea’ for a hundred years but they were big in Kerang ! Big hugs and kisses to you both Colin and Emily xxx
Hi Em. I think they were big everywhere, weren’t they?
I loved reading that and looking at your gorgeous photos. Congrats, hope you get to enjoy a celebration sometime soon because 40 years is pretty special 💕💕
Well, well, well now that is some story. You are both still gorgeous, so keep on keeping on!!!
Love to you both & cheers.
Love to you too, Deb xxx
Congratulations you guys it certainly is a milestone it’s such a shame we can’t be there to help u celebrate it. 🎉What fantastic photo’s I love looking back at young photo’s I’m sure Maus doesn’t regret her decision ha!!
Love you both heaps 💕🐾😘🥰 xx
Hiya Gail. I am not so sure 🥵
Happy anniversary to you both!
Hi Fab. Great to hear from you. Thanks for the wishes.
Congratulations! It would be lovely to be able to have friends around, but you have each other, so all is good.
Hi Jenny, yes all is good. We are having a wee drink at the moment.
Congratulations, and thank you for sharing your story, Glenda.
Thanks Denise, The things we do when we are young 😀
Congratulations on reaching the big 40th anniversary to you both. Love those pretty young photos of you both. Certainly can see the Italian in you Glenda in those photos. My did we do it hard in our early days of courting. Thinking of you both.
Jen and Maus
Thanks you two. When these travel restrictions are over why don’t you come and visit us. We could talk politics. It is great talking politics with someone who agrees with you 😂😂😂
And haven’t we got plenty to talk about in politics 🤪🤪🤪
Sure have, pack ya bags xxxx
A toast on your 40th, happy anniversary. Such lovely photos of you both.
Thank Yvonne, you are so kind xxx
Well Sis I think Maus needs a GOLD MEDAL. Congratulations and well done. Vickie
No sis, you have it wrong. It is I who deserves the medal.
What a wonderful love-story Glenda! Congratulations to you both on your 40th!
Hugs from South Africa.
🙂 Mandy xo
Thanks so much Mandy. It is funny how life turns out.
Happy anniversary to you both. Thank you for sharing the fabulous story and photos. I like your reasons for choosing Maus, and 40 years is testimony to their soundness. Perhaps in 10 years Maus can share why she resisted your charms, then agreed… it can’t just have been Kramer v Kramer. Surely the love poems pinned to the door must have counted for something…
Dale, I think I just wore her down. 😢
Congratulations. 40 years! Well !!!! You’re both still gorgeous,
Alan and Steve
Steve, I wish it were true 🥵
Sending you both lots of love and virtual hugs on your 40th anniversary. Thanks for sharing your story. Hope to chat soon. Love Sharmila and Andrew xx
Thanks to you both. Hope to get to Perth soon so we can have a celebratory drink.
Well a huge congratulations to you on your 40th anniversary. Love hearing your story & seeing the photos. We’ll have a toast to you tonight. Enjoy 🥂💕🥂
And have a drink for us too, I hope xxxxx
Lovely story, thank you for sharing.