I remember the first time I saw him. Church...close to the front with his arm around a girl. 'Cute couple', I remember thinking.
When he was sitting across from me explaining the details of college and what all those numbers after classes meant (english 101, math 109) and all I could do was focus on how one side of his top lip rose up in a cute little Elvis way when he talked, I realized that my thoughts about him were different than I had ever experienced. I was young...really young...and those feelings were strange and exhilarating simultaneously.Many years later, I realized for the first time that those feelings may have been mutual when walking out of a restaurant with friends, he put his hand on the small of my back to lead me out of the door. And a few days later as we watched the Cincinnati Pops perform the Phantom of the Opera, he did the same again to lead me down to our seats. I remember being scared and excited and unsure of how to feel or proceed...dating could risk a great friendship if things didn't work out...or it could end up being perfect...I remember watching TV together just a few months later, trying to tame my heart from beating out of my chest as I prepared to ask a question I had wondered about for a while: "Where is 'this' going?" That was the first night we discussed marriage and our future together.Through many miles of distance as we visited our families at Christmas, he told me over the phone about the diamond we would use for an engagement ring...the one his father gave his mother quite a few years previously. A couple of months later on a cold winter night, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife.
4 months later on a hot July afternoon, the doors of the sanctuary opened and revealed the sweetest look on the face of the one standing at the end of the aisle.10 years, 4 moves, 3 kids and countless memories have filled the days since that blessed day on July 1, 2000. The traditional wedding anniversary gift for 10 years is tin and the modern gift is aluminum, so we have decided to gift each other with a brand new air conditioning unit for the house since our old one decided to kick the bucket. An air conditioned house during these Florida summers is sometimes more valuable than gold and silver.It has been an amazing 10 years...Happy Anniversary, my sweet darling.