12 years ago today, I got married.
12 years ago today, I was 28 years old.
12 years ago today, I wore a princess dress.
12 years ago today, I vowed to love and cherish.
12 years ago today, I exchanged rings with the kindest man I know.
12 years ago today, I danced to YMCA.
12 years ago today, I couldn’t believe how lucky I was.
12 years ago today, I had a huge zit on my chin.
12 years ago today, I had my bags packed for Maui.
12 years ago today, my face hurt from smiling. (And the zit.)
12 years ago today, I sat in a hotel room at 2AM, eating burgers and reading wedding cards with my new husband.
12 years ago today, I was not yet a mom.
12 years ago today, my dad was still alive.
12 years ago today, I shared the most important day of my life with many people I no longer speak to.
12 years ago today, I was just a kid.
So many things have changed in the last 12 years. But the constant is how much I love the man I said “I do” to. We have been through some rough patches, we have lost some people by choice and others by fate, we have gained new friends who bless us daily, we have become parents and that has changed us. Through it all, we have not only sustained… We have flourished. And we are lucky, and we are blessed. And we work at this thing every day.
12 years ago today, was the beginning of the best part of my life. I am grateful beyond words. I would fall to my knees and thank God and the Universe every day, if my knees weren’t 40 years old. Somehow I got to marry someone who not only made this world a better place for me to live in, but made ME better. (And, I wasn’t so bad to begin with!)
I wish I could re-live that day, 12 years ago, over and over. And I wouldn’t change a thing about what has transpired since. And now that I see my husband, my partner as a father… It makes me think I was a pretty brilliant 28-year-old, marrying a man with the qualities to not only be my rock, but to raise a son who will be the same kind of man his daddy is. And that is also changing this world for the better.
12 years ago today, I won.
Happy Anniversary, baby. 12 years ago today, we danced to “Fly Me to the Moon”. And these 12 years have flown by. Let’s do it all again. What do you say?