February 14, 2017

A Love Story

I met my husband on March 16th, 1992, he was twenty, I nineteen. I was attending the birthday party of my best friend at the time, I also happened to be dating her brother, who had made other arrangements for that evening. It was one of those love at first sight moments, completely by chance and totally uncontrollable. Our eyes met and a romance began.

Bill was confident and dreamy, that weak in the knees, tilt your head to the side and sigh kind of dreamy. We ended up seated next to each other at dinner but hardly spoke, which was just as well because I had a boyfriend. But when the party moved to a club and we shared our first slow dance, my head fit perfectly on his shoulder and he smelled amazing. My relationship ended quickly with the brother, which also over time ended my friendship with his sister, and as they say, the rest was history.

We finished school and played through our early 20’s, then started to build a life together. We bought a condo, got married, had our beautiful daughter and became a family. Life was good.

As a couple, you either grow together or grow apart. No matter how picture perfect a marriage may seem, you never know what goes on behind closed doors. And as many of us have done in our approach to 40, we wake up one morning and wonder if the person laying next to us, the person that you built this whole amazing life with, is really the right person for you anymore. When your world comes crashing down, it’s a frightening and hollow place to be in, no matter which end of the realization you are on…

I’m not saying that it would have been easier to throw in the towel, but there were many times that it felt like it would have been. But we chose to battle through it, reconnecting and getting to know each other all over again. I feel very fortunate because we didn’t just fall in love once, we fell in love twice. And while there are no guarantees in life, I feel like we beat the odds and I am so proud of that.

So to my wonderful husband on our 25th Valentine’s Day, cheers to us and the rest our journey together.

Family Day 2017

 

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