Keli Gwyn
Love is Golden

Weddings are wonderful. All the joy of a new beginning. Ah!

What’s just as wonderful is helping dear friends celebrate milestone wedding anniversaries–their years of companionship, challenges, and commitment.

This past Saturday, Gwynly and I did just that when we attended the Golden Anniversary party for a special couple we’ve known almost twenty years.

Lawrie & Jane 1

Lawrie and Jane prepare for the Toast.

The company was the best. We had fun visiting with others in our MG car club.

A DJ kept the tunes coming. Gwynly and I put our swing lessons to good use as we danced to classic 50s rock and roll songs.

The food was yummy, as it always is when Jane has anything to do with it.

Lawrie & Jane 2

The silver decorations were on their original wedding cake.

All that was great, but the high point for me was Lawrie’s talk. With his characteristic wit–and a fair measure of tenderness–he recounted the five decades he’s been blessed to have Jane as his bride. The romance writer in me got teary-eyed a time or two.

What I found the most touching was Lawrie’s two-word tribute to Jane. He lauded her tolerance and resilience, traits she faithfully exhibited through the years–when he whisked her away from her native England to live in several countries and when he gave up steady jobs with regular paychecks in order to start his own businesses. Jane got teary-eyed at that.

Lawrie and Jane 3

Cutting the cake.

Young love is a beautiful thing, but love that has stood the test of time is a rarity these days. Lawrie and Jane have that kind of love, and I enjoyed celebrating it with them.


If you prepared a two-word tribute to your special someone–
or someone special–which words would you choose?

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Romantic First Date Revisited

Where did you go on your first date?

Gwynly and I went out to dinner at Scotts on the Embarcadero
in San Francisco and enjoyed a fancy fish dinner. Afterward
we crashed the Junior-Senior Prom at the high school
where he was teaching, held at a restaurant in Berkeley.

First Date

I figure we’re one of the few couples who received an 8×10 photograph
to commemorate the event. The photographer wanted us to get all cozy
as prom couples are apt to do, but I insisted we keep things semi-formal.
It was our first date, after all.


Earlier this month we were able to relive our first date.

PHS Prom 2

We volunteered to count the royalty ballots at his high school’s prom.

PHS Prom 3

Unlike our first prom when I was ill-at-ease, this experience was wonderful.
I had a great time talking with the young people and admiring their finery.

PHS Prom 1

The best part of the evening, though, was spending time
with my guy as we relived a special memory.


I’d love to hear about your first date.
Where did you go? What did you do?
What made the date extra special for you?
~ or~
Feel free to share a prom memory.


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Romance and Poetry

April is National Poetry Month.

Poetry is a wonderful way to express love.

As I reflect on romantic poems, the one that tops my list is
“How Do I Love Thee?” by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

I delivered this poem as a reading in an oral interpretation class
in college. The romantic in me enjoyed adding plenty of emotion.

What poem do you think qualifies as the most romantic?

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