Thursday, July 28, 2011

Five and Ten

Fifteen years ago today, I met the man of my dreams. And though the expression is a cliché, the experience has been anything but.

I sensed right away that he was different, and by the time we were halfway through our first date, I was thoroughly hooked. Not only was he nice to look at, he was smart, funny, thoughtful, sensitive, engaging, and playful—practically a custom order from the Man Store. The appeal of those qualities is even stronger today. There’s no one I’d rather be with.

Let’s be honest: it takes a special person to put up with me day in and day out. Throw in a progressively debilitating disease—in the first year!—and the odds get even slimmer. I marvel regularly at the good fortune of having someone who’s a partner in every sense of the term, at my side on sunny days and dark ones, through epic highs and lows and the rolling terrain of ordinary life, making the bad moments bearable, the dull ones fun, and the great ones even sweeter. I can’t imagine the experience without him, and I’m grateful every day.

Happy anniversary, Dan. I love you.


Photo by Marty.

10 comments:

Joan said...

If the Man Store has any more like Dan, PLEASE send them my way! :)

Happy anniversary to both of you! <3

Verlene said...

I love you both...

mangohead said...

Dan's pretty lucky too :)
Happy anniversary !!!

Love,
Julia

scissors happy said...

love this. you are both so lucky to have each other. you have a beautiful love story and i hope that all of my friends are able to have the kind of love that you and dan have had. happy anny!

The Awakened said...

What a wonderful tribute to both of you. We need more couples like you two. Happy Happy Anniversary.

sarah pekkanen said...

Happy anniversary!

Maria said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!

Christine said...

Happy anniversary! The world would be a much better place if everyone had a love like that in their life.

Anonymous said...

Amen to all of the above!! The park ranger and the princess is an enviable love affair. Happy anniversary to one of the few normal couples we know:)

Peg said...

Much love to you both!