We went on our 1st date on October 6, 1978.
For me, it was love on the 1st date - and I knew without a doubt that I would marry him.
Him? Not fully convinced. But within a few months, he had fallen as well.
Thirty six years ago today I awoke to a soft rain after spending the night on the couch in my parents living room. Struggling to sleep the night before due to the slippery, velvety, wildly flowered couch I was sleeping on, the chatter of my mom & our Wisconsin family in the kitchen next to me and the excitement of finally getting to marry the guy of my dreams!
I had a 7am hair appointment with my 2 best friends from my childhood and then a church to get to as our wedding was at 11:30 that Saturday morning. Why I felt the need to have my hairdresser do my "bobbed" haircut I don't know, but I guess it was an excuse to feel special? All it took was a wash, blow dry & curling it under for it to look as it did on any other day that I did it myself. But the memory remains and it is part of my wedding day revelry.
Today, my Dream Boy is in Seattle. As far west and away from the Mitten as could possibly be. But, he is helping the 2nd son pack up their apartment to bring them back to the Mitten by the end of the week. Our D2 will be staying on to finish out the season with her current job & will be joining S2 by the end of the month.
My DIL & I spent last Tuesday together in Detroit looking for a place for them to live once they move back. After a very long day and many, many apartments & rental houses later and lots of driving and checking out the area, we successfully found a place that they will call home for the next year at least. It is close to the lake and in a community that seems to be very family oriented.
But back to this day - and the celebration of having spent 36 years married to a man that has been my rock through thick & thin.
We have faced many, many trials and triumphs through our life and I can't imagine my life with anyone else. He is my quiet strength. He is my voice of reason and the one who can make me laugh until I snort and then almost pass out because I start to hyperventilate.
He has loved me as unconditionally as any human possibly can - through it all he has been my strongest supporter, my biggest cheerleader and the greatest example to me & our family of what a Godly man is.
Dream Boy - near or far, the miles cannot separate us from each other as the connection we have with each other has grown so strong in our life together. Thank you for who you are and who we've become.
I am so looking forward to another 36+ years with you. Hey - your aunt & uncle did it, why can't we???
I love you.