This photo was taken by my brother-in-law the morning after our wedding. I think we look pretty gosh-darned blissed out and that makes this one of our favorite photos ever. We did everything our way. Don was acting in a one-man show in Nevada City, CA, a beautiful little town in the foothills of the Sierra Mountains. We got married on a Monday, his day off, at the historic National Hotel. I had a cast on my foot, having broken my ankle a couple of months earlier. We didn’t want to deal with all the logistics or expense of planning a big wedding, so with the blessing of our respective families, we planned a small ceremony. Well, I should correct that, Don did most of the planning because he was there. He found the site, he hired the photographer, he found the wonderful minister who gave us the gift of a beautifully and powerfully written ceremony. My brother and sister-in-law were there, along with two other dear friends. My sister-in-law Suzie escorted me down the long flight of stairs (I was so nervous with that cast on) and once I saw Don I started crying and didn’t stop through the whole ceremony. Don cried. Everyone cried. Afterward, we went on a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout Nevada City and then we had dinner with our ‘wedding party.’ We were totally present for the whole thing, no nerves, no stress, just a beautiful and deeply moving ceremony of commitment where we heard and experienced every word, every emotion.
Without further ado, fifteen reasons (I could write many, many more) why I love my husband and our marriage:
• He took me by surprise. I was happily single and didn’t plan on ever marrying. But then I met Don and everything changed. It’s been a glorious adventure.
• He’s one of the kindest, most compassionate people I know.
• He’s talented. That’s an aphrodisiac, you know.
• He’s tall. I’m tall (5 ft. 9 in.) and he towers over me at 6 ft. 4 in.
• He’s a wise man who’s been through a lot in his life. He never stops trying to grow and be a better person.
• He’s smart.
• He’s helped me to be a better person in countless ways.
• He’s a great cook.
• He supports me in everything I do.
• He is a poet. The lyrics to his songs are works of art. And he writes romantic songs about me.
• He is wise and I seek his counsel. I value his opinion.
• He rescues spiders and dogs.
• He doesn’t judge me. He accepts me as I am.
• His commitment to me and our marriage is sure and steady as a rock.
• He makes me laugh. That, my friends, is the most important thing of all. Number one on my list. He is deeply, amazingly funny. By the way, I make him laugh, too.
Happy Anniversary, my love.