Anniversaire de mariage

Twenty-seven years ago, we said “I do.” We celebrated our anniversaire de mariage (ann-e-ver-sare duh mare-e-azj)  at Beaumonde in Philadelphia. Since we were able to amicably split the dessert crêpe (chocolate, with toasted coconut and coffee ice cream), we must be doing just fine. I don’t share chocolate with just anyone.

Here’s some additional anniversary vocabulary:

  • noces d’argent (noss darzjehn) – silver wedding anniversary (25th)
  • noces d’or (noss door) – golden wedding anniversary (50th)
  • noces de diamant (noss duh dee-ah-mahn) – diamond wedding anniversary (60th)

Just about everything that’s happened since would have surprised us a great deal if we’d been told what was ahead that sunny September day in 1985. I never would have guessed we’d leave home and family in Canada to live in southern New Jersey. I never would have guessed that I would become a lawyer, and then leave that career to teach French. I never would have guessed that I would get to live and work in Paris every summer. I certainly never have guessed that we’d become doting parents to two cats. Our daughter is a wonderful, beautiful, talented young woman beyond our most starry-eyed dreams. We even look fairly well preserved! We’ve truly been blessed, and I’m grateful.

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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11 Responses to Anniversaire de mariage

  1. theinkbrain says:

    Congratulations!That is a beautiful wedding picture. I hope you have many more happy years together

  2. Anonymous says:

    Joyeux anniversaire de mariage !

  3. Cliff Gilbert says:

    I agree with everything except the doting-cat-parent part. The classic tux and dress still look good all these years later too.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Joyeux anniversaire de mariage. We just celebrated our 30th so I decided to pick a unique trip. We leave Saturday to walk the first two stages of the Camino Francaise from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Lograno, Spain.

  5. ev says:

    Congrats. We celebrated 35 this year. I don’t share my chocolate with just any one either.

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