I just realized that this is 2009! Oh I know it's been 2009 for almost a month now. I've written it on all my checks. Well I don't write many checks any more since they invented debit cards but still, I knew. I have 3 calendars in my house that I turn every day but come to think of it they don't have the year, just the day so I've kept up with the day better than the year. At least I'm keeping up with the day, most of the time.
Anyway I just realized that this year my husband and I will celebrate our 45th wedding anniversary. I actually have two dates I could choose. March 8 is the day we met and the day I told my mother I'd met the man I would marry. In my mind, and in his too, that was our beginning and the day we were married in our hearts. October 7 is the day we went to the church with both our fathers crying and our friends saying, "you don't have to do this...you're way too young."
I expect this to be a big anniversary. I'm sure he will give me a trip to Europe, two diamond rings and a mink coat to wear in the Porche convertible that will be sitting in the driveway. I plan to give him a new recliner because that's what would make him happiest I'm sure. That is if we remember it on the day and not several days later like we've done a time or three in the past.
The first 25 years of marriage anniversaries were really important to me. Now it's the moments that are important. The moment we say "good morning" is a good one because it means we're both up and alive! Another great moment is when I walk through the living room and he's sitting there in that, you guessed it, recliner and I'm on my way to the sewing room and all is right with our world. But the best moment of all is when we meet in the kitchen, whoever is ready first waiting on the other, to head out to church. It's the moments that are the best anniversary gifts of all.