Eight years. EIGHT YEARS!!!
“I freaked out. I joined the Army. I went into business for myself… I’m a professional killer.”
“I hear that’s a growth industry.”
Well it’s more like five years when you subtract the time that Hub has cheated on me with the Army.
Seems like yesterday.
Well no – no, it doesn’t seem like yesterday at all.
I love you, Honey, but it’s been a LOOOONG road. Albeit a blessed one with many more ups than downs, most is a literal blur.
Our story is like a drive-by shooting – with paint guns – it sounds fun when you’re strapping on all that gear, loading your weapon with neon pink pellets because you know how hilarious it will look to see your manly soldier all decked out in Pepto Bismol. But then you step onto the game field and it’s a WHOLE ‘NOTHER STORY.
We met in August, 2001.
Moved in together two weeks later.
Within 9 months of being together, with a single late-night phone call we became fulltime parents. “Sissy” was 12 years old at the time. I was 26. In feverish anticipation of her arrival, I had painted her room a delicate lavender, stocked it full of any and all “teenager” novelties I had left from my own room at my folks’ house. I was just putting the ladder away when the doorbell rang. Our Landlord needed the apartment and we had 60 days to find a new place to live.
We bought our house in August, 2002.
Christmas Eve, I found out we were unexpectedly expecting.
March 8, 2003, we were married.
The next eight years would be no less disorienting than riding the Cyclone drunk, strapped in backwards while having Pink Floyd blasted into your eardrums.
So for the sake of saving time, I will make two ‘short’ lists here:
Things I have loved in our 8 Years
Our beautiful babies
Ranger TV in the backyard
Our handful of actual dates (NOT including the two in which you made me cry in public)
Our ability to be actual 50/50 partners through the understanding that reality means those numbers are fluid at any given time but always balance out in the end (or else you’d never hear the end of it)
You’re the Problem Solver
Your faith is unyielding
Your honesty, loyalty, integrity
Banff Mountain Film Festival
Things that have sucked, but have made us closer and stronger
Feeding tubes, open-heart surgery, redeployments home
Happy Anniversary, My Love.
Baby, You’re the BEST!!!