Wednesday, August 3, 2011

9 years and counting

9 years ago today, on a very hot August day, I married the kindest, sweetest, most patient boy I've ever known.  
I don't know if it was nerves or just habit, but the morning of, I woke up and all I wanted to do was call and talk to Michael.  When I did call, one of his friends refused to put him on the phone because he thought it was bad luck.  Of course I called his mother, she then called him, then he called me.  
I win.
I remember very little about actually getting ready to walk down the isle, except that my sweet little sister had to get her hair done like 5 times because she didn't like it.  Can we say persnickety???

I do remember the doors of the church opening and seeing all of our wonderful friends and family standing to greet me.  As I walked down, I finally saw a glimpse of Michael.  He was grinning from ear to ear, and I'm pretty sure I was too. Then I remember walking out to Nat King Cole's "L is for the way you look at me..." song.  It was such a joyous day!
We were only 20...practically still babies.
But, we knew we loved each other and we wanted to be together.
Even though things haven't always been easy, it's been easier because we've had each other.

(This is the space where I would insert a picture from our BIG day, but sadly, we have very few photos...and the ones we do have are mostly snapshots that friends and family took.  Our photographer, who was a friend of ours, somehow messed up all of the film.  All of our pictures were dark.  It was and still is pretty devastating.)

I recently watched Shall We Dance, and I absolutely loved Susan Sarandon's line where she describes marriage.  
”We need a witness to our lives.  There's a billion people on the planet, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything.  The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things, all of it, all of the time, every day.  You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it.  Your life will not go unwitnessed because I will be your witness'."

I can't say how incredibly thankful I am to be in a healthy marriage enough.
I love my husband and I know he loves me.

And after 9 years, we are still having fun and looking forward to growing old together.


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