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INTJ - ESTP marriage: Our 43rd wedding Anniversary Tribute

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Published on Jun 10, 2019

INTJ - ESTP marriage: Our 43rd wedding Anniversary Tribute

Today, June 10, 2019, my wife and I are celebrating our 43rd wedding anniversary. On June 9 I wrote the words below to the tune of "When You and I Were Young, Maggie," a traditional classic, and then recorded it, and put some pictures together with it to create a video. This is for Dotti, the love of my life. I hope that you will enjoy it as well.

The event I am singing about in the video is our very first date, just the two of us together.
Timeline Portland, Oregon, September, 1974:
Sunday, the 15th: We first laid eyes on each other. I was standing watch on the quarterdeck of the USS Ozbourn DD 846 in my dress whites, and Dotti was in a group of Mormon girls who came for a small tour of the ship. I led them to the bridge and watched as they were met by some Mormon sailors who had invited the group there. Dotti really caught my eye and I told one of the sailors who was in my shop about that. He invited me to a church function where the girl would be present. I agreed to come.

Wednesday, the 18th: volleyball game and the first time Dotti and actually spoke to each other. We hit it off very well and she asked me if I would like to come to a church ice skating party on Friday. Oh yes, I was eager to join the party.

Friday, the 20th: Ice skating party. Dotti had forgotten something back at her apartment and I jogged with her from the rink to her apartment. I waited outside while she retrieved the item she needed and then we jogged back for the skating. She was an incredibly good skater. She had learned to skate in Vermont and I was amazed as she skated circles around me. But best of all we spent some time at the rail talking about life, our values and our life plans. Somewhere in all of that, I fell in love with this girl. I never looked back. That night there was an apartment cleaning party as well, because our ship was scheduled to head down to San Diego the next day. The Mormon guys wanted to leave a clean apartment behind. I played my guitar and it was the first time Dotti heard me sing. I wrote her my first love letter that night, hesitant but hopeful.

The ship pulled out as scheduled but about the time it hit the California northern border, a boiler died and we had to turn around and head back to Portland. Between getting things back on schedule in Portland, standing watches and trying to arrange transportation, Dotti and I had our very first real alone date.

September 28th: A friend of mine in my shop, to whom I will be forever grateful, loaned me his jeep and I picked Dotti up for our date. I let her choose whatever she would like to do. She chose to climb to the top of Multnomah Falls. It was wonderful, and this is the event that I am singing about in this video. If there were any doubt before, this date wiped all of that away. This was the girl for me and I have only grown more sure of that fact with each subsequent passing day.

As you can see we have never lost our love for those falls, or for each other:
http://tinyurl.com/yxgbwhqr

Other videos with songs I wrote and performed for Dotti:
An INTJ in love: https://youtu.be/JKU5icJvjAc?t=133
For her webpage conference: https://youtu.be/EWYI5aMiBPU?t=465

Dotti
We hiked to the top of the falls, Dotti
Your smile you flashed just for me
When I first said I love only you, Dotti
And you said you love only me.
The River flowed on to the sea, Dotti.
Birds sang out from every tree.
When I first said I love only you, Dotti
And you said you love only me.

The woods were alive with the wind, Dotti,
The water ran by so happily,
When I first said I love only you, Dotti
And you said you love only me.
Your hand was so soft and so warm, Dotti,
You laughed so sweet and joyfully,
When I first said I love only you, Dotti
And you said you love only me.

Our live has played out like a dream, Dotti,
With time all our hopes have come to be
Since I first said I love only you, Dotti
And you said you love only me.
The sweet grapes are fresh on the vine, Dotti,
The river still flows to the sea,
I will forever love only you, Dotti,
And I know that you'll love only me.

It's been forty years since we wed, Dotti,
In fact it has been forty-three,
Since I vowed I would love only you, Dotti
And you vowed to love only me.
You are the girl of my dreams, Dotti,
I wake and you're lying next to me.
Forty years I have loved only you Dotti,
No, in fact it has been forty-three.
...in fact it has been forty-three.

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