Saturday, June 13, 2009
The calendar has reached June 13th, which means Lisa and I are celebrating the seventeenth anniversary of our wedding day.
Much has changed in our lives over the years.
We have two children, and if you're a parent, then you know that changes your life on a daily basis.
We live in a different state. We were both born and raised in California, but have taken up residence in Oregon for about eight years now.
We have each discovered hairs that have changed color from their original shade. (me, much more so than her!)
We have had our share of disagreements over the years. Some of them rather heated, but none of them that lasted any length of time.
We have regrettably had to say goodbye to each of our fathers as well as other family members and even a couple of friends along the way.
One of the things that has not changed over the years, is that we are friends. Before we ever went out on a date we had developed a friendship, and that has continued throughout our marriage.
We have learned the true meaning of our wedding vows: For richer or poorer, for better or worse, in sickness and in health, till death do us part.
We've never been monetarily wealthy, nor have we been destitute, but we have seen glimpses of each and remained true to each other in both.
We've had our "for better" times and other times that would qualify for "worse". With a spirit of love and understanding, we made it through each of them with a renewed sense of respect and love for each other.
We've experienced periods of good health and our share of sicknesses along the way. It's true that you gain a real understanding of another person when they are under the weather. Through various illnesses that life has thrown at us, we've learned to care for one another deeply.
The last part of our vows, till death do us part, fortunately has not come, but I do believe I've heard on more than one occasion, "Over my dead body!"
We've experience many things in 17 years of marriage and no doubt will have many more things to look back at in the years to come. More happiness, more memories, more times of worry, more times of great joy, more. . . life. Each of these things we will be able to enjoy or endure, as the case may be, because we will have each other.
So to my wife, my lover, my best friend, my companion, my soul mate. . . I love you. I love you now as I have loved you all of the years we've been together.