SoCS — Best Joke Ever

Joke is what you get when you smoosh our names together. Joey and Jake smoosh into Joke.

Tomorrow is our 17th wedding anniversary.
Isn’t that surreal?

Come January, we will have known one another for 30 years.
Why, it seems like just yesterday we had our first date…

Our first date was on our wedding night. We went to an overrated steakhouse downtown. We used a gift certificate we got at the wedding.
Yep.
We didn’t date. We skipped dating.
Before we were a couple, I remember a trip to the bookstore, and I remember a trip through the Hardee’s drive-thru for coffee. I think we were adults then. *checks*  Yes, he says we were adults then, he thinks he was in his mid 20’s then. That’s all I got in the way of places we went alone. But we weren’t dating then. We were simply two people who liked books and coffee and keeping company with one another. There always was that. And music. And movies. And arguing. We always did enjoy arguing.

Wasn’t dating the absolute worst part of being single? I mean to tell you, were I to find myself single again, I wouldn’t want to date anyone. I snarl just thinking about it. Icky.

It’s better to fool around with your friend in September …
I’d been sitting pondside with Tori, drinkin beer at dusk, and she asked me, “Do you love him?”
“I do.”
“Do you want to be with him?”
“No.”
“So I can have him?”
“No.”
“Why not?”
“Cause.”
“Cause you love him.”
“Of course I love him. I’ve loved him forever.”
“And if you love him, you want him to be happy, right?”
“No.”
“You don’t want him, but you don’t want anyone else to have him?”
“Right.”

Another year passed before I called HME.
“I think I might have a fear of commitment?”
“Haha ya think? Hahaha!”

“Oh no, you didn’t know? Oh Joey, I’m sorry. Yes. Yes, you have a fear of commitment. I thought you knew!”

Yes, fool around with your friend in September and fall in love over the winter and spend about a year in denial, clutching your fear of commitment and waving your feminist flag until you realize you have no control over your stupid fucking feelings drowning out the voice of your own good sense.

When we called people to tell them we were getting married, there was a lot of silence on the other end of those calls.
“Why?”
“What?”
“Are you sure?”
“Is this a joke?”

Best joke ever.

wedding 2013

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91 Responses to SoCS — Best Joke Ever

  1. Benson says:

    What a truly lovely post;but then I have always been a sucker for Love stories. Congratulations and Happy 17th Anniversary.

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  2. Spanglish Jill says:

    Beautiful couple! Happy Anniversary. Taco and I eloped. My phone calls were like “Hey, guess what? I got married!” And it wasn’t even a shotgun wedding ;p
    You are seriously such an awesome couple. Congrats 🙂

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  3. Judy Martin says:

    Lovely story, Joey. Congratulations to you both, and here’s to your life being one long joke! 🙂

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  4. Victo Dolore says:

    This was a truly awesome love story if I ever read one!!! 🙂

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  5. Prior-2001 says:

    how cool that the names make “joke” – and even cooler is your unique story – very special and congrats on 17 years – ❤️❤️❤️❤️
    and side note – I actually loved some of my dating years – although it is a mixed bag and not for everyone – I truly had some very special years of dating and see how some short term boyfriends helped shape me to appreciate my hubs – I see it more in hindsight – but even at the time dating was very rich in my life – about ten or eleven years ago there was a book that was all the rage in the Christian community – it was called “I kissed dating goodbye” written by a young dude and I am not sure why I never spent the hour or two it would take to read it – ha! but it was so annoying to see the hype over it – and so I guess my closing thought is that not everyone needs to date – and when head games start coming up – argh – but sometimes dating is wonderful – yet even that can be layered depending on how far folks gon- like are they playing married – living together – etc.
    anyhow – the feature photo in Black and white should be in a frame!
    xxoo

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    • joey says:

      Oh thank you for your thoughtful commentary!
      Yes, I agree, dating did raise the bar quite a bit! I often discovered what I didn’t like, what I wouldn’t tolerate. Just today, I said to my husband, “I’d expect so much more from a man now,” so he’s definitely raised the level of expectation even higher.
      I’ve never heard of that book, of course, my circle isn’t particularly Christian.
      Both photos are framed, thanks again! xo

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  6. Lovely story. Congrats on making it work! ☺

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  7. Laura says:

    Love, love, love. (Happy anniversary.) Personally, I think the ones who start out as friends turn into the best loves. We tell Bear that all the time — you will be happier if you love someone that you also like. Great post!

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    • joey says:

      I agree. I had a boyfriend when I was in high school, we broke up, stayed friends, and we had a much better relationship later. It’s like we had to be friends first. Of course, we didn’t stay together, but the point still stands, being friends is tantamount to partnership.

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  8. meANXIETYme says:

    What an awesome post. Happy Anniversary to you and The Mister.

    That’s one joke that you have the right to tell over and over and over…

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  9. Jewels says:

    Aw I love this, what a great Joke! 😉 Happy anniversary! ❤

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  10. Ritu says:

    A beautiful story Joey! Happy anniversary and may your Jokes last a lifetime !!!

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  11. honestme363 says:

    Congratulations to both of you! Super sweet story. p.s. I am still in denial and clutching my gear of commitment…it’s been 15 years…

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  12. Phil Taylor says:

    What a great story! Happy Anniversary!

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  13. I love stories like that. I am married to my one and only one-night stand since 30+ years. We never dated either. Happy Anniversary

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  14. Josh Wrenn says:

    Happy anniversary!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!! !! ! !!! !!!!!! !!!!!!!! !!! !

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  15. Nan Mykel says:

    Wonderful and happy! So rare and precious! Thanks

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  16. herheadache says:

    All joking aside…love is grand, from start to finish. Congrats on all your years and a lifetime of love together with one another.

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  17. Happy Anniversary. Such a sweet, totally familiar story. We knew each other a long while, tried a traditional “date” and it was so boring. Surprised us both when we got/stayed together. Going on 46 years since that first date. Dating is overrated. Commitment must have been, too. I understand. Congrats to you both. Hope you don’t see this until you are done celebrating !! ☺

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    • joey says:

      Oh thank you 🙂 I’m glad it’s a familiar tale, that sweetens it 🙂
      We have dropped the children and done some stuff, but we’re not celebrating big — just being alone is quite nice! It’s been a while!

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  18. Norm 2.0 says:

    Wonderful story all full of the warm and fuzzy. Congrats to you both 🙂

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  19. Don’t know who the joke is on, but congrats…

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  20. bikerchick57 says:

    Happy 30th and 17th anniversaries to you both. I wish you two love everlasting.

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  21. Ahhhhhhhhhh! Very much congratulating over here!! Choked me up too, your tale. Wait, let me make our joke: Manco? hmmmmm…. maybe better Marja?

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  22. ghostmmnc says:

    Happy Anniversary on y’all’s special date! Loved reading about how y’all got together, and the names mashed together is the best one I’ve seen! ❤ May you have many more anniversaries!

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  23. Dan Antion says:

    What a wonderful love story. Happy anniversary. I think 17 is milkshake.

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  24. loisajay says:

    Congratulations to you, Joey!

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  25. joannesisco says:

    I love happy endings!! … and your’s is truly a happy ending 🙂

    Happy Anniversary and best wishes ❤

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  26. What a great story. Thanks for sharing it.

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  27. JoAnna says:

    Now, that’s an interesting and unique story! I enjoyed it, especially the dialog. Happy anniversary!

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  28. baldjake70 says:

    I am glad that I finally got up the nerve to just kiss you. I am glad I was able to turn your life upside down. Through it all, good and bad, I would not change a thing. Well, if I had to do one thing over again, we would have eloped.

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  29. Congrats on the 30/17 years together!

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  30. I think my family would just die (of laughter) if I called and told them I was getting married.😅

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  31. Wonderful and happy!

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  32. If I could love this I would! Happy Anniversary! Xox ❤️❤️

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  33. Your friends’ reactions were a riot. Happy Anniversary!

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  34. marianallen says:

    Happy anniversary! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post. It made me a little weepy. But in a GOOD way.

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  35. John Holton says:

    Happy anniversary! The two of you must be perfect for one another. Thirty years together, seventeen married? Wow… Mary and I were engaged less than a year…

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  36. jan says:

    Happy Anniversary you two lucky jokesters!

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  37. Congratulations! Happy Anniversary

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  38. Love this post! We didn’t date until months after we had moved in together. Overrated. Though when we told people we were engaged, it was overwhelming how unnewsworthy it was! 12 years and not counting (we’re still having fun).

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  39. What a wonderful story with a happy ever ongoing ending. ❤️

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  40. Anxious Mom says:

    I think Joke is a better celeb couple name than Bennifer.

    Happy anniversary!

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