Thursday, September 17, 2009

Twenty-Seven is a Drop in the Bucket

Twenty-seven years ago The Trophy Wife was born. Now, don't get your panties all in a bunch. I'm not claiming to be 27 years old. Those days have long since passed. But twenty-seven years ago, I became just that--a Wife! I didn't come to fully appreciate the 'Trophy' part until later, but that doesn't mean that The Trophy Wife hasn't always been a part of me.

Twenty-seven years ago today Hub and I promised to love each other forever, through thick and thin and everything in between. In some ways, we were really lucky. We were young, poor and naive which is ultimately way better than being old, poor and knowledgeable. We just didn't realize that our life was hard. Hub worked full-time and went to school full-time (for nine years!) while I worked and produced two gorgeous kids and tried to make our meager little life into something grand, something delightful.

We saved our leftover change until we had a buck and then walked downtown, kids in strollers, to share an ice cream cone. We went for nature walks every night after dinner and caught pollywogs and captured caterpillars so we could watch them turn into butterflies. We played ball and danced on the lawn until the sun set and the crickets sang.

And somewhere in the middle of changing diapers and teaching piano lessons and reading bedtime stories, a Trophy Wife began to emerge. Little inklings of my inner trophy became apparent--laughing became easier, friends became more meaningful, family meant even more.

Which brings me back to September 18. The day it all began. The day it all continues. And gratefully, a day that never need end.

Happy Anniversary to me!


Amanda P said...

Happy Anniversary! I couldn't be happier you two got together...cuz that made ME possible. ;) And, let's be honest, that's the real gift. haha

Lindsay said...

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for being an amazing example to Matt, and now to me! I cant wait till we are celebrating 27 years and you are celebrating 53! That will have to be one BIG party!