Today Lu and I celebrate 33 years of marriage. 33 years of ups and downs. Good and bad. Precious memories and things best forgotten. Successes and abject failures. Joy and sadness. Better and worse. Sickness and health. Richer and poorer. We've seen them all and somehow managed to weather the storms that occasionally plague every relationship. I even got her to marry me all over again 8 years ago.
We raised a wonderful daughter and saw her grow into a woman and mother anyone would be proud of. She's given us 2 grandchildren who are the joys of our lives.
We've traveled but yet stayed rooted. We've fought but always made up. 33 years together and still going strong. Never taking for granted that which is so precious. Taking the time, every day, to not just appreciate what we've built but to remember what went into the construction.
I Love You. 3 small words. So easy to say but so fraught with meaning. How easily we discount what is beyond price. How quickly we discard that which is irreplaceable.
33 years. Where did the time go? It went by a day at a time. One tick of the clock after another. An endless stream of decisions whether to fight for us or surrender. Each one passing and leading to the next chance. The next test.
33 years and we've managed to pass every one. Overcome every obstacle. Remembered to say I Love You and mean it. Every day. We did it together, remembering that marriage is a team event. It's not me against the world it's Us. Us is so much more powerful. Us is an entwining of body and spirit that leads to a whole so much greater than the sum of it's parts. Us is beautiful beyond my ability to describe.
So we celebrate another year of Us. Me and my bride. I woman I love more now that I did 33 years ago. What does a grateful man say to such as her? Just this.
I love you sweetheart, more than I can possibly say. Thank you for the years and the ticks and the decisions you've spent with me. Thank you for understanding and supporting and encouraging. Thank you for enduring those calls and waiting in all those emergency rooms and never once giving me an ultimatum. Thank you for allowing me to fail and try again without recrimination. Thank you for your forgiveness, your humanity and your love. Thank you for the chances we never seemed to miss. Thank you for choosing me. You were never second in my life. Not once. As we continue into that great unknown, I am comforted to be by your side. Together.
The only gift I have, the only one worthy of you, is my devotion and my heart. 33 years is nothing my love. We've got all of eternity to to look forward to. I will love you always.
Your lucky and grateful husband.