I know exactly what I was feeling and doing in February, 1959.  I was hovering several feet above the earth, playing house as a brand-new bride, knowing that I wanted to spend forever with my new husband.  At 23, forever seemed doable.  The concept of 50 years, however, was ungraspable – forever seemed more likely.

In February, 2009, I’m still hover happy and still playing house – the living room furniture and my life both keep getting rearranged.  50 years is still ungraspable.  Somehow it happened and we celebrated with closest friends at a favorite restaurant at a dimmer totally and beautifull arranged by our children – EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT!!

Fast forward one week – February 16 we were at the hospital emergency room for John’s chest pain. February 21 he came home with a stent in his main artery and very glad to be free of  bed and iv’s and beeps and pings.  Again the kids were amazing – doing  just the right thing at the right time.

Did I mention that  our 2 cars were hit while parked in our driveway – John’s totalled and mine saveable but with much damage – this happened about 3 weeks ago and mine is still being repaired.

I’m taking bets on whether this will sell as the next great soap opera plot!!!!

Being married to the same wonderful  (and now heart healthy) man for 50 years and having 3 amazing children and 5 beautiful grandchildren as well as loving and special friends to help us celebrate those years is quite a gift.  We both thank you all.


Check out for information about 2 upcoming events she has planned:

Saturday, March 14  A Reading in Celebration of  Women’s History Month, Women Poets Reading Poems That Reflect the Lives of  Women, from 1 to 4 at the West Caldwell Library.  This reading brings out some of  the best women poets from all parts of New Jersey and there will be an opportunity to talk to new and old friends over tea and cookies.  Men are welcome to share in this day of great poetry.

Sunday, May 17  Poetry Festival showcasing  12 Journals at the West Caldwell Library from 1 to 5.  This is the sixth year of  the festival and it is a great way to hear good poetry and to see some of  the journals available in the local area – it is always a wonderful afternoon!!

There is more info on Diane’s website and I urge you to check it out

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3 Comments on “ROLLER COASTER”

  1. Michelle Myers Says:

    Congratulations!! And I’m glad JP is ok and feeling better. On to 51!

  2. Laurie Granieri Says:

    Oh, Gina, I don’t even know what to say, except thank God, wow, and hug John. But then you knew that already.

  3. Deborah Says:

    Very glad to hear that John is fine & well. My goodness, what a month.

    Take care,

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