This post is a technically a couple of days late for our tenth wedding anniversary, but you can skip all the stereotypes about the husband who forgets that sort of thing. That’s not at all why it’s late. Rather, Angela and I were off on a family vacation and not bothering to post it to the internet (that occasionally happens to me).
Despite the most wonderful ten years of my life (and hopefully Angela agrees on that), we didn’t celebrate with a fancy dinner. Instead—in the wee early hours of the morning—we found ourselves sharing take-out pizza in a hotel room bed with our kids while clinking cheap-yet-overpriced wine in a pair of plastic cups. We decided to take the kids on our first big family vacation and went to Disney World in Florida. While not a traditional date, even for us, we’ve always done things our own way and therefore it seemed fitting. Besides, our kids are as much a part of our marriage as anything so it felt right to include them (though they didn’t get any of the wine; there wasn’t enough in the little hotel bottle to share). Our actual anniversary was spent on a long drive home. We joked we’d spend an hour on the road for each year we’d been married. In a way, also fitting as we spent the day after our wedding on a long car ride back home to Virginia. I don’t think we’ll try that for any future anniversaries, though1.
Not to stretch the driving metaphor too far, but it has been an amazing journey these past ten years (and the years together even before then…). I’ve got a friend and partner. Anytime I described a dream of mine, she’s never tried to stop me but instead asked “when do you want to get started?” She’s not only supported me but pushed me to always be better and do more. Everything good that has happened to me since we’ve been together has been in a very large part because of her. To have had a friend like that even for a short time is a gift and she’s been married to me for ten short years (and two days).
Here’s to ten times ten more, should we be here for so long.
- We do plan to go out for a quiet date night to share a nice dinner later this evening. [↩]