Thirty-three years ago tonight we were married.
I wrote the following for the blog eight years ago.
It's pretty good.
You never met a more naive girl in your life than the girl I was 25 years ago today.
I knew nothing of sacrifice.
Nothing about forgiveness.
Nothing about giving.
Nothing about self-control.
Nothing about trusting God.
Nothing about love.
I was so unprepared for marriage.
And yet...here we are.
I had a dream. A dream of a husband and children.
That dream has come true.
That dream has come true because of you, dear husband.
Yeah...Sappy Shania Twain song...
I say it's our song.
Patrick isn't the type to pick a song, to be our song.
And I'm sure it wouldn't be a Shania Twain song...
he is more an Eagles or Rolling Stones kinda guy.
We may be about as different as two people can be...
But, what we do have in common is a deep sense of commitment, ability to forgive, love of our children, and abiding love for one another.
God has held us up and shown us the way.
At least that's the way I look at it :o)
And I think we are getting the hang of it.
Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century. ~Mark Twain
Never feel remorse for what you have thought about your wife; she has thought much worse things about you. ~Jean Rostand, Le Mariage, 1927
Twenty-five years later I am not naive anymore.
I know something about sacrifice.
and trusting God.
True Love takes on a much less naive and romantic bent when one looks up the word for 'true'.
Consistent with fact or reality; not false or erroneous.
Real; genuine. See Synonyms at authentic.
Faithful, as to a friend, vow, or cause; loyal.
Sincerely felt or expressed; unfeigned: true grief.
Love forever true.