I always wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific. – Lily Tomlin

Nine Years

After my reality check this week, I completely forgot to tell you guys about my anniversary! My husband and I had our 9 year wedding anniversary yesterday. That sounds like we’ve been married for quite a while, but in reality we’ve been together for about 15 years.

We actually met when we were just kids. Somewhere around the ages of 8-10 I think. My parents knew people and his parents knew people and it turned out they were the same people. I’m sure you’ve seen that movie, “Sweet Home Alabama” where Reese Witherspoon’s character says, “Who meets their soul mate when they are 10 years old?” I did! I did! Except I didn’t know it then. I was friends with his sister and we just thought he was icky. He and his family moved though so I didn’t see them again until high school.

We dated (not really at that age…) then broke up. I dated a TOTAL loser for a while, then he showed up in my life again. That was in 1994-5. We’ve been together ever since. Of course, we’ve had our ups and downs, but the one thing that has kept us solid with each other (forget all those other people!) has been COMMUNICATION. We’ve always been able to tell each other everything. Even when it was going to hurt. Even when we were still just 16 year old kids and I thought he was, you know, doing something with my friend, so I got back at him by, you know, doing something with one of his… we talked about it. Even though we’ve had lots of interference, we’ve always known the truth from the fiction. Always known that this is where we should be.

Now here we are, 14 or 15 years and 2 kids later, still together. We even each other out so well. He’s the level headed one, I’m the impatient one. For our anniversary last night, he bought me pizza and watched, “Dirty Dancing” with me so I could cry over Patrick Swayze. What a great husband I have!