Who is this woman I call Love….

Forty-one years…

6th October 1973 and an appointment with the Magistrate saw me married to Linda… I’d only known her for a few months and there were those that said it wouldn’t last….

To those I have only one thing to say….”thbpbpthpt pfftthpth” (That’s a raspberry sound for those that are not sure.)

41 years, Linda needs all the medals that are available for marriage. Living with me has not been for her that easy…. alcoholism, pig headedness, and even I suppose a certain strain of stubbornness…

The words of… for richer or poorer.. well we covered all those bases… In sickness and in health…yep pretty much covered all those as well…. for better or worse… well I think it has all got better… She might not agree…. and then of course the all important …to love and to cherish; from this day forward until death do us part….

How can I do anything other than Love and cherish this woman, till death comes calling at my door.?? She is my friend, my companion, my sounding board. She encourages me to do my best, she pushes and pushes without a thought of how it will affect her… The moves we’ve made, the career changes, have always been supported completely by her, irrespective of how it would affect her life….

Linda… Love.. to you I say thank you for the last 41 years and may we have just so many more together ‘till the day arrives for us to part, to meet later in Heaven…

Romantic love is a lightning bolt. Married love is an electric current.


Marriage is like the army–many complain, but you’d be surprised how many reenlist.


Marriages are always moving from one season to another. Sometimes we find ourselves in winter–discouraged, detached, and dissatisfied; other times we experience springtime, with its openness, hope, and anticipation. On still other occasions we bask in the warmth of summer–comfortable, relaxed, enjoying life. And then comes fall with its uncertainty, negligence, and apprehension. The cycle repeats itself many times throughout the life of a marriage, just as the seasons repeat themselves in nature. ———— Our marriage is in a continual summer, although in the past we have done them all… Thank you Linda… the woman I call Love…

83 thoughts on “Who is this woman I call Love….

  1. I actually read this the other day and couldn’t comment at the time. This lovely tribute to your wonderful wife is a really strong testament to the fact that life doesn’t have to be without bumps to be happy. Many, many more Rob! (and Linda! 🙂 )

  2. Congratulations to you both, Rob and Linda! She has to be a love to have stuck by the Bulldog! 😉 I know what you mean, Rob. The summer of our marriages lasts until the very end. By this stage in your marriage, you don’t know where you end and Linda begins. What they say about your “better half” goes both ways and is literally true after forty-one years! We are like two sides of the same coin. May you have many more summers together, Rob! A beautiful tribute to your Love. 🙂

  3. This is so lovely and sweet a post. It is inspiring to us who read it. happy anniversary to both of you. may your love grow stronger with the years. I’d say both of you are heroes for never giving up when the going gets rough.

  4. Happy belated anniversary ! Good morning Rob…,wow 41 years!!Forty one long years of marriage is proof of the fact that true love really exists. Very few people are lucky enough to grow old together and reach this beautiful milestone. I am privileged to have a chance to congratulate you two! You should write a book… And call it “forever” because that is what you have! May God continue to bless your marriage for the next 41 years and may you have the privilege to celebrate it! Marriage is not always a bed of roses as you have already said but you two can say you have mastered it and have grown together! Hope that you enjoyed the day and the graceful years of marriage that lie ahead!

  5. Wow what a milestone Rob/Linda in today’s times! 41 years of marriage to celebrate just shows what an awesome couple you have been and are and will continue to be. Congrats to you both and raise a glass for me. Hugs x 2

  6. Happy Anniversary to the two of you … and cheers to Linda’s gold metals! … but I can’t imagine you being pig-headed and stubborn. … well, on second thought! … 🙂 … Your words are a wonderful tribute, but you also did a lot to make it work. Cheers!!! … and a song for the couple of the day … and some eye candy for Bulldog. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNZH-emehxA

  7. What a beautiful post Bulldog…Happy 41st Anniversary to you and Linda 🙂 I love how you write about the ‘seasons’ of marriage and that army quote is so true. As you know from reading my posts I admire couples like you so much for your staying power and not only that, you and Linda, your Love, are enjoying your summer season all year long…that my friend is a beautiful thing indeed 🙂

  8. Happy aniversary Love and thank you for the beautiful words that you blogged. Know that 41 years of marriage just flew by. Thank you for putting up with me, standing by me through thick and thin and in sickness and health. Love you right up to the sky. xxxxxxx

  9. Happy Anniversary! A lovely post … a lovely tribute. 🙂 Love this: Romantic love is a lightning bolt. Married love is an electric current.

  10. What a wonderful post, Bulldog.
    Happy anniversary and may you both enjoy another 41 years of loving and cherishing all the good things life has to offer (or maybe at least 31 years – we don’t want to make too many promises we can’t keep do we).

  11. Hope you had a fabulous anniversary! Congratulations!
    With a tribute like that, I’m sure she is convinced that her choice was pretty good!
    One does feel sorry for the many who have been too hasty in starting a marriage, or too hasty in ending it, or who simply lacked what it takes to stay the course. They have lost a lot …

  12. Well I am sure if we able to ask she would say it was worth it, She would probably say what doesn’t kill you make you stronger. LOL, Happy anniversary and many more.

  13. What a beautiful post of Love. Congratulations to you and your beloved Linda. I love the trees and their reflections you chose with this post, Bulldog. I think they’re reflecting your marriaged life 🙂 Pawkisses on many more years of happiness ❤

  14. Oh my, Bulldog … that was really beautiful … and from the guy who once claimed he wasn’t good at writing well!! It sounds to me like you are both winners! Congratulations ❤ ❤ ❤

  15. Bulldog, this is the most beautiful thing you have ever done! So beautiful I asked Steve to come and read it with me and he agreed – it’s just lovely! What a tribute to Linda! We both wish you a very happy anniversary, and many more to come 🙂

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