|The weekend "we" began: |
1996, Cape Flattery, WA
You are one of the smartest, most knowledgeable, skilled, talented, caring (yes, caring, despite your cynicism) and creative humans I've ever met. And yes, funny, even though you laugh at your jokes more than anyone else, while we laugh at you laughing at them. I don't think there's anything you can't do, and you're definitely the one I'd want to be with should the world abruptly end. (Maybe your sister, too.)
We've navigated some rough waters and some dicey storms. Probably the roughest, in 2009, was in part documented on this blog in its early incarnation. That year-long separation started as a major crash and burn for both of us--we had some hard lessons but they came with lasting value. I wouldn't trade that time for anything because it got us where we are, despite the anguish of the time.
I took what we learned a few years later and offered it up in a post called 18 tips. We made it.
Now, at 25, we're here for the long haul. I can't imagine my life without you (although I will because... Gavin de Becker's Gift of Fear). And, I count my blessings every day. You lift me up when I need lifting, and hold me accountable when I don't do what I say I'm going to. You call me out when I get stuck in the mire that is my head, nudge me forward, and make me laugh because you can (and I make you laugh, too, even with no humor of my own).
With you, life is an endless adventure, an awesome exploration, and a living testament that we can create what we want, change what we must, and find #momentsofjoy in the here and now. I can't imagine a better partner to plan a life with, build a house with, work out every morning with, wake up to, and all the other big and small things we do.
To borrow from Red Green, "if she doesn't find ya handsome, she better find ya handy." Thankfully, you're both, and then some.
Looking forward to what the future brings, knowing it just gets better from here.