Today my honey and I celebrate 20 years of "togetherness". On this day twenty years ago, we met from behind the racks of a children's clothing store for the very first time. It was a blind date, arranged by friends. It was a date that neither one of us were crazy about, but we both decided to "get it over with" to satisfy our friends.
I recall peaking through the racks and seeing this very tall (well, everyone is tall next to me, I guess) and handsome young man wearing his high school letterman jacket.
He smiled... I smiled... It was all over after that. We flirted our way through the night and I soon discovered he was the most gentlemanly (is that a word? my computer didn't put that squiggly under it.) guy I had ever been out with. We shared a movie and ice cream. We talked. We stared. You know... we did all that stuff that you do on a first date. I have to say, this was different though. We had never seen each other before. We didn't know anything about each other. We were practically strangers, and yet it felt good. It felt right.
We started our lives together twenty years ago and life has certainly been a ride! I know this man more than I know anyone. He knows me the same. Our life together is perfect. That's not to say that circumstances that surround us are always perfect, but our lives are perfect because we have each other. We have a family. Most importantly, we have Christ. He is our center. He is our rock and fortress. He is the one who formed "us".
Time flies. The sight of that young boy in a letterman jacket and the scent of my pina colada lip gloss seems so fresh in my memory. We are approaching our 40's now, but life has never seemed sweeter. What a blessing!