NOTE TO READERS – Please note – this post does NOT contain earth-shattering revelations of wrong-doing anywhere, nor legal analysis, nor even my normal (and judicially recognised) “nit-picking”. But it is about something supremely important to me, so I am delighted if you want to read on and I do not mind if you choose to pass on to something else. Thank you.
Saturday 18th September 1993
What happened then?
According to Historyorb.com these were the most important events:-
– Kimberly Clarice Aiken (SC), 18, crowned 67th Miss America 1994
– LA Mighty Ducks play their 1st NHL pre-season game against Penguins
– Trailing 3-1 with 2 outs in 9th, time is called prior to Mike Stanley pop out, gets a 2nd chance, & Yanks rally to beat Boston 4-3
Now, whilst that was an important event for Miss Aiken, I suspect that even die-hard fans of the Mighty Ducks, Penguins, Red Sox and Yankees would have little reason to remember that day.
Wikipedia records no events happening on 18th September 1993.
It records one notable birth – Patrick Schwarzenegger (not Arnold – but Patrick).
There are no notable deaths recorded for the date.
Celtic drew 1-1 with Dundee United at Parkhead, but my brother and my best pal Eddie did not go to the game. Where did they go? Here is a clue.
So, all in all, not much of a day?
Nonetheless, it is one of the most important days of my life.
Because at 3pm that day I met up with my wife-to-be Val at St Augustine’s in Coatbridge and shortly before 4, before our families, friends and Father (later to be Canon) Foley, she was no longer my wife-to-be, but my wife. (That is why Mark and Eddie missed the Celtic game.)
Twenty years have passed since that day – twenty years in which there have been:-
4 British Prime Ministers;
3 US Presidents;
4 Scottish First Ministers;
16 separate winners of the Open Golf Championship;
12 Superbowl champions;
15 managers of my favourite football team; and
5 Lord Presidents of the Court of Session.
In all that time though, the most important numbers for me have been:-
3 – for the wonderful daughters with whom we have been blessed;
7,305 – for the days we have been married and
1 – for the one wonderful wife who has stood with me through thick and thin, in sickness and in health, for richer and for poorer.
So, as the clock ticks towards the exact time, twenty years ago, when I became privileged to be Val’s husband, I think of all that has passed over the years – the happiness and sadness, joy and pain, and most of all the love we have been blessed to share.
And, I realise that I have never made a better decision that saying “I do” to her at the altar steps of St Augustine’s on 18th September 1993. I have been blessed with the best friend one could imagine – with a list of attributes and qualities which would exceed even my longest blog post.
We left the church that day to the sounds of the “Ode to Joy” – and so if you want to hear it, just click below.
Thank you Val – and God willing here’s to many, many more anniversaries!
Posted by Paul McConville