Tomorrow will be our 35th wedding anniversary. And while it will be a different anniversary, I can’t let the day go by without first paying a tribute to my wife of so many wonderful years.
Our anniversary will be different this year in that we will be flying out to California to celebrate Christmas at the home of our daughter, son-in-law, and grandson.
Last year, I gave a thorough accounting of the difficulties we’ve encountered trying to celebrate our anniversary just three days before Christmas. Since our anniversary would mark a significant milestone this year, I wanted to celebrate in a special place, a new place neither of us had been before. But knowing this never works three days before Christmas, we took our anniversary trip this past spring to Paris!
So how can I outdo a trip to Paris and make this a special day? By telling the stories of my special wife.
First she is my best friend. I don’t know how many couples can say this but there is no one I would rather spend time with doing fun things than with my wife. Sure we have our own fun things to do separate from each other. For me, its watching college football or building a miniature model, and for her its knitting or estate sale browsing. We both enjoy reading and while we tend towards different types of books, many a night this is how we end our day, reading together (although I might do a little less reading).
She is my daily companion. She is the person I wake up to every morning and kiss good-bye before I leave for work. On weekends when I am not running errands, she is the one I would be doing things with. Almost a day doesn’t go by that after work is done, we don’t sit down together in “the Club” to share an adult beverage and talk about our day. It gives us a chance to connect and to stay connected.
She is the person I can confide in completely and the one I can be the most open. There isn’t a topic I can’t share or a subject I can’t broach with her. She is the first person I throw out ideas to no matter how off the wall they may be. I have tremendous trust in her.
She is the wonderful mother to our children and now their families as well. I am sure I am a little biased but I believe she is the best mother a child could ever want or have. I have truly been amazed over the years in how she has interacted with our children, the wonderful ideas she has come up with for things to do, the guidance and the example she has set for them. There is no doubt in their minds or the minds of their families that she has unconditional love for them.
She is also my travel companion. We have seen many parts of the world together and there is no one I would rather travel with.
She is obviously the love of my life, the one person I have loved now for over 35 years. I am a habitual hugger and she is the recipient of more hugs than anyone. Because I always hug the ones I love and she is the person I love the most. It is a rare day that she doesn’t get at least one hug from me, as I share my love for her.
Finally, she is my greatest treasure, not in the sense that she is a possession, but she is the person I treasure the most. For all of these reasons and a million more, she is my quintessential treasure. And she knows this as I often tell her so.
So Happy Anniversary to you, my wife, my love, my trusted companion, my treasure! May we have many more together.