Happy Together

Today is my Mum and Dad’s Golden Wedding Anniversary.

In an era when divorce seems to be the norm rather than a rarity, I can’t really let this pass without comment. Granted, sometimes it’s seemed that they’ve managed to stay together through sheer bloody-mindedness and a begrudging tolerance of each other, but there they still are, still together, fifty years later.

My folks both read this blog, and have both been very encouraging about what I do here – Dad has even posted the occasional comment – telling me that I shouldn’t let the fact that they read it have any effect on what I write about or how I write it.

I had been a bit reluctant to tell them about this place, as I wasn’t sure how they would react to some of the content. Two examples: every now and then, I’ll use a swear word. I’ve never sworn in front of my parents. My Dad’s response: “Do you think I don’t know any swear words?” And then, after a discussion about the use of the C-word (which I generally have no problem with using, but am very aware that some people do, hence me not using it just then), he said “There was a bloke I used to work with who was a total one of those.”

Also, I thought they may not approve of some of the more autobiographical content, in particular some of the times I have written about, and will write about again, my past recreational drug use. When I talked to my mother to warn her that some of the posts talked about me having taken drugs, her response was an unfazed “Well, we’d always assumed you had. In fact, we’d have been more surprised to find out you hadn’t.” I’m still not sure how to take that.

So, here’s some songs which seem appropriate:


The Turtles – Happy Together


Huey Lewis & The News – Stuck With You


First Aid Kit – Emmylou


Johnny Cash – I Walk The Line

Happy Wedding Anniversary Den and Jean. See you tomorrow.

More soon.

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7 thoughts on “Happy Together”

  1. Happy anniversary Mr and Mrs Swingler! I was enjoying this blog until I got to First Aid Kit and now I have tears in my eyes. Oh Jeremy.

  2. “sometimes it’s seemed that they’ve managed to stay together through sheer bloody-mindedness and a begrudging tolerance of each other”

    I love that line. Sounds like MrsRobster and I… (God, shell kill me if she reads that…) Many congrats to the folks. 50 years is something of a miracle these days.

    Emmylou is one of the best songs of the century so far. Incredible that it is written and performed by two teenage Swedish girls. It sounds like it came out of Nashville in the 70s.

  3. Happy anniversary, indeed. My folks recently celebrated their Blue Sapphire (65th) Anniversary… which, it turns out, is a different stone to the Sapphire Anniversary (45th). Basically, they run out of gems once you’ve been married for so long.

    Oh, and thanks for the Huey Lewis. Always good to see him featured anywhere in the blogosphere: one of my first musical heroes, never gets the respect he deserves.

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