Frank V. Gardner

(2 December 1922 - / Washington, D. C.)

Chain of Thirty Three and Bracelet of Nine


Eight years ago in old New York,
I found a special shop
With silver things from Argentina;
Quality, the top.

I bought a silver necklace there,
With links of twenty five,
To mark that anniversary,
Our married love, alive.

I was assigned to Argentina
Some ten months ago.
We thought of adding to the necklace,
Since we liked it so.

We found an expert jeweler here,
And Sellar was his name.
He thought that he could find eight silver
Links made just the same.

Well, twenty five and eight, you see,
Add up to thirty three,
Which this year marks our married love,
In anniversary.

But eight links didn't seem enough
To make it worth his while,
As Gerry felt a bracelet
Might make old Sellar smile.

So, Frank then ordered nine more links
Of silver in a chain,
To represent our children and
Configured just the the same.

Now, Gerry has a matching set,
That suits her mighty fine:
The necklace chain of thirty three,
And bracelet of nine.


(For our thirty-third wedding anniversary, April 21,1984, Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

Submitted: Sunday, January 09, 2005
Edited: Friday, March 30, 2012

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  • Mary Nagy (1/9/2006 8:43:00 PM)

    I just love you guys! This is so touching.........your love is so special. You are very lucky. Sincerely, Mary (Report) Reply

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