Love may very well be a many splendored thing, but it's also a fickle, ever changing, growing, disappearing and reappearing thing.
It's easy to believe in a happily ever after when you're standing in that bridal shop, trying on white organza confections, and friends are sighing "you'll make such a beautiful bride." Believing in the happy forever after is a little more difficult when the seal between the toilet and the floor decides to break 30 minutes after Home Depot has closed for the night and you and your spouse are standing ankle deep in toilet water. Life has handed my husband Dave and I our fair share of these moments.
Recently, we celebrated our anniversary. We talked my sister into keeping our boy Milo overnight, got all gussied up and headed out to try a new restaurant. As we fed ourselves steak, salad and chocolate cake we did more than celebrate the passing of the years. We celebrated the moments and memories that make up those years. This anniversary found us huddled close together at the table, oblivious to our surroundings, content to make each other laugh. There have been other dinners where we've sat and ate, with more than just the width of a table separating us.
Just 14 years old, our marriage has already lasted three times longer than the average union. We've been happy, miserable, blessed, resentful, grateful and every other emotion known to exist. I think any long-term marriage is about luck, laughter and forgiveness as much as it is about love. So, we celebrate.
We celebrate: a first apartment, new homes, broken toilets, building a swing set out back, puppies no one but us wanted, sleepless nights with a teething baby, standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon, planting trees and watching them grow, Disney Land, loved ones we had to say good-bye to, Christmas stockings hanging off the mantle, the cat biting our toes, stacks of medical bills, watching our son start his first day of school, cheering on his basketball team, eating pizza on an empty beach, calls when the car broke down, sled riding on snowy days, playing board games, flooded backyards, super-duper hugs, just plain old surviving it all and hoping we get some more just like it.