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Me and Our Gert aren’t the soppy, sentimental types that go overboard with posh cards that cost a quid or more for each other.  But seeing as it was our ruby wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago I thought it might be a bit off if I didn’t get her a card at least.

Unfortunately, I forgot.

Luckily, she keeps a stack for all eventualities in the sideboard – weddings, birthdays, In Deepest Sympathy, Well Done on Passing Your Test etc.  And I found a couple of “Happy Anniversary” ones; not Our Anniversary you understand unfortunately, but “Best Wishes on Your Anniversary”.  Still beggars and choosers and all that.

But to make up for the Blue Peter nature of it I personalised it with this rather touching verse.


You’ll no doubt see this card is duff

I found it in the drawer;

I know we don’t make such a fuss

But you deserve much more.


But I would still just like to say

I think that I was blessed

That 40 years ago today

I picked you from the rest.


Of course, “the rest” did not exist,

There were no others then

And if I had that self-same choice

I’d still pick you again.




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John Coopey

Wed 23rd Sep 2020 17:47

She has learned not to expect too much of me, Stephen.
We are indeed like a pair of bookends, MC.

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M.C. Newberry

Wed 23rd Sep 2020 16:58

Good one JC.
Birds of a feather weather life together
I'm sure she loves your blinking blether!

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Stephen Gospage

Wed 23rd Sep 2020 16:06

I think you rose to the occasion, John.

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John Coopey

Wed 23rd Sep 2020 14:02

Thanks, Ray. And Thankyou for the Like, Stephen.

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Wed 23rd Sep 2020 12:21

The sweet spot goes on - just what we all need, a lively diversion from current problems, boom boom! Highly amusing as always John.


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John Coopey

Wed 23rd Sep 2020 12:13

Many thanks, Julie. In truth, it’s my wife who deserves the proverbial medal as big as a dustbin lid.

julie callaghan

Wed 23rd Sep 2020 11:05


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John Coopey

Wed 23rd Sep 2020 10:31

I’ve always thought I was a bit hasty, Graham.

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Graham Sherwood

Wed 23rd Sep 2020 07:27

First 40 are the hardest! Well done on not getting kicked out before now. Start saving up for the big 50! Ours next year. Bale’s back, troubles all over! Regards, G

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John Coopey

Tue 22nd Sep 2020 23:16

Don't know, Brian. I didn't ask.
You never lose it, Paul.
I knew the date, Greg. Just not that it was that date that day.

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Greg Freeman

Tue 22nd Sep 2020 23:08

I don't believe all that guff about you forgetting your ruby wedding anniversary for one minute, John. But I do believe your poem. Well done. And congratulations to you both.

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Paul Sayer

Tue 22nd Sep 2020 22:07

Arrrr dropped your guard here mate you old softy

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Brian Maryon

Tue 22nd Sep 2020 22:01

She is no doubt grateful John!

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