“Two Lucky Birds”

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Two Lucky Birds

When Larry and I were first dating in 1996, we used to refer to ourselves as “two lucky birds”, so grateful to have found one another. Each of us had suffered a great deal of emotional stress in previous relationships and marriages, so we were overjoyed to have found one another. Although we had worked together in the same field, child/family psychiatry and psychotherapy, it took us twenty-two years to fall in love – and fall we did!

Today marks the third anniversary of Larry’s heart attack, a day when we once again remind ourselves that we are, indeed, “two lucky birds”. Larry suffered no permanent damage to his heart, thanks to prompt intervention by skilled professionals. Both of us have lost weight and we eat a healthier diet with an emphasis on lowered sodium. Never have we taken one another for granted, even before his heart attack, but today we are reminded more than ever how precious life is and how fortunate we are to continue to share it together.

I have grown kind of superstitious about feeling a need to post on this important anniversary. (You can read my earlier anniversary posts here , here and here.) It feels very important to me to acknowledge the significance of the day and of the love we continue to share.

So, the Starbucks card and thank you note has been delivered to Fire Station 8 and a few happy tears have been shed. These two lucky birds are counting their blessings. Every day is so precious.

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42 Responses to “Two Lucky Birds”

  1. Wendy Read February 11, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Gorgeous pic!!! So happy for you two “lucky birds” and wishing many more years of perfect health and happiness. You are loved!

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      Wendy, you are too dear – miss you so much.

  2. Mare February 11, 2014 at 10:29 am #

    I count myself lucky to know you both!

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 11:17 am #

      Ditto, my friend – see you when we get to the Bay Area, maybe late Spring.

  3. Winnie February 11, 2014 at 10:39 am #

    So happy for you, Liz! Beautiful picture. xoxo

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 11:16 am #

      Winnie – so sweet to comment. Thanks. X0

  4. Jayne February 11, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    I love that picture! So glad you “lucky birds” found each other and are healthy and happy, long may that continue! xxx

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks, Jayne – it’s a happy day at our house.

  5. Lisa @ Whisk & Cleaver February 11, 2014 at 11:43 am #

    Liz, I love this post, and congrats to Larry on the anniversary! This is a beautiful early Valentine’s Day love letter. xoxo

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

      Thanks, Lisa, for your lovely comment.

  6. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious February 11, 2014 at 12:13 pm #

    That should be your new personal hashtag — #luckybirds or #luckyducks. Perfect pair!

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

      Love that idea, Dorothy!

  7. Carol Sacks February 11, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Such a sweet post! Best wishes to you and Larry!

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm #

      Thanks, Carol – and for your best wishes.

  8. Suzanne February 11, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    Liz, I love the photo. The happiness and love is palpable. You both truly are “lucky birds”. Wishing you much love and happiness and many, many more years together.

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

      Thanks, Suzanne, we don’t have nearly enough photos of the two of us – something we can remedy.

  9. SallyBR February 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    Too beautiful….

    two lucky birds indeed, and I wish you decades and decades and decades of pure joy together!

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      Such a kind wish – we both are so grateful.

  10. Beth (OMG! Yummy) February 11, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    An anniversary truly worth remembering Liz. Glad you stop to share the story of you “two lucky birds”. Here’s to good health and happiness!

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

      All these comments have me in tears – thank you so much, Beth and everyone.

  11. Gisele akaLA2LAChef February 11, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    Congratulations to you two lucky birds. Glad to be acquainted!

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 3:06 pm #

      Likewise, Gisele – hope to see you before you move to New Orleans “for good”…

  12. Stephanie, The Recipe Renovator February 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    I love these gratitude posts. Thank you for sharing, Liz.

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

      Thanks for reading, Stephanie – yes, “gratitude” posts are good for the soul, I think.

  13. Lynda - TasteFood February 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    Two lovely birds…best wishes to you. xo

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      Lynda, missing you and planning a Bay Area visit late spring. X0 Liz

  14. jacquie February 11, 2014 at 4:12 pm #

    happy anniversary to both of you lucky birds. I wish you many more. also thanks for a glimmer of hope on being able to establish a meaningful deep relationship after the stress of previous difficult relationships. I need that and I’m struggling to even allow the hope it might be possible at some point. Bless you both.

    • Liz February 11, 2014 at 5:13 pm #

      Hang in there and wait for the right person, sounds so much easier than it is – but when it is right, you will know it.

  15. Barbara February 11, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    What a beautiful post! I love that you celebrate this day. When so often we take things for granted, it is beautiful to be reminded to be thankful by a couple of “lucky birds”!

    • Liz February 12, 2014 at 7:51 am #

      Thanks, Barbara, It was so good to see you at TECHmunch looking so “glowing”, Mom-to-be.

  16. heidi February 11, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    you are so smart to realize what a truly wonderful gift it is to have someone, the RIGHT someone. i fell in love with my husband in my 40s and it was worth the wait. a few years ago i almost lost him and i always celebrate the day he came out of a coma and was fine ever after. i am very grateful. thank you for sharing this lovely post.

    • Liz February 12, 2014 at 7:51 am #

      We both know what is feels like to almost lose the person we love so much. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  17. Dianne Jacob February 11, 2014 at 9:51 pm #

    Wow. You look fantastic in this photo, Liz. You both do, actually. It’s lovely to read this post about being grateful and happy. Congrats.

    • Liz February 12, 2014 at 7:52 am #

      Thanks, Dianne – we both miss you.

  18. Priscilla | ShesCookin February 11, 2014 at 10:24 pm #

    Two lucky in love birds! Celebrate the life you have together – it is precious :)

    • Liz February 12, 2014 at 7:52 am #

      Hi to Tank’s “Mom” – thanks for reading.

  19. Laura @ Family Spice February 12, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    You two look so happy and adorable in this picture. We all must remember to appreciate the time we have with our loved ones. xxooxx

    • Liz February 12, 2014 at 7:53 am #

      Larry’s daughter took this shot, Laura – it was such a happy day together.

  20. sippitysup February 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

    You are my heros. GREG

    • Liz February 12, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

      Miss you, Greg – many thanks. Many.

  21. Jeanne @JollyTomato February 16, 2014 at 10:57 am #

    So sweet – You both look so happy in this picture. What a lovely couple!

    • Liz February 16, 2014 at 12:26 pm #

      Thanks – we were visiting the tiny town in Northern WI where Larry grew up -

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