An advantage to being a columnist for AboutBoulder is that I answer only to my boss, and I AM my boss! Today, taking advantage of my having my hands on the controls, I can use this platform of a million and a half people to wish my darling wife the happiest of anniversaries!

What could be more special than dinner at Boulder’s premier restaurant, the Flagstaff House! In the spirit of the event and in the spirit of the Flagstaff, I am going to dust off my tuxedo, polish my shoes, knock the cobwebs off my manners, put away my jeans, and with that proper costume we’ll head up the hill to what I know will be an event so special that only the Flagstaff House can do it justice. Boulder is home to this Colorado cornucopia castle of culinary cuisine without equal!

A Letter to My Dearest Debi: Celebrating Our 39 Years Together


My Dearest Debi,

As the sun rises on this very special day, marking the 39th anniversary of our journey together, I find myself reflecting on the profound significance of the number “39” and the incredible journey we’ve shared. This letter is a tribute to you, my love, and to the countless memories we’ve created together.

The Significance of “39”

The number “39” holds a special place in our hearts, symbolizing not just the years we’ve spent together but the countless moments of love, laughter, and companionship. Each year represents a chapter of our life together, filled with stories that are uniquely ours.

“39” is a number that speaks to endurance, to the power of staying together through thick and thin. It represents a bond that is strong and resilient, capable of withstanding the tests of time. In numerology, “3” stands for creativity, joy, and the manifestation of our dreams, while “9” symbolizes completion, wisdom, and the attainment of our goals. Together, these numbers reflect the beautiful tapestry of our life together, woven with threads of joy, challenges overcome, and dreams fulfilled.

The Journey of 39 Years

From our first moments together, it was clear that we shared something extraordinary. Through the years, we’ve navigated life’s highs and lows with grace, always finding strength in each other. We’ve celebrated triumphs, weathered storms, and everything in between, always together, always united.

Our 39 years together have been a testament to the enduring power of love. We’ve seen the world change around us, but the one constant has been our love for each other. It’s a love that’s grown deeper with each passing year, a love that’s been the foundation of our lives.

The Promise for the Future

As we celebrate this 39th anniversary, my promise to you, Debi, is that the best is yet to come. I look forward to every moment, every day, and every year we have ahead of us. With you by my side, I am confident that we can face whatever the future holds with courage and love.

A Tribute to Us

This anniversary is more than a milestone; it’s a celebration of us and the incredible life we’ve built together. It’s a testament to our love, our dedication to each other, and our unwavering commitment to the life we’ve created.

Debi, my love for you is endless. You are my partner, my best friend, and the love of my life. Here’s to celebrating our 39th anniversary and looking forward to many more years of happiness together.

With all my love,


Lenny Lensworth Frieling

Shared Love Is Power!

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