Time: 2AM last night
Scene: Our bedroom
[Ed is arriving home from work. I am half-asleep in bed (long story --- I am usually long asleep by the time Ed gets home). He lays down on our bed next to me and whispers in my ear....]
Ed: Jen, do you know what today is?
Jen: Oh no, not this game again....I think, while drawing a complete blank. August 25th....what happened on August 25th??? Come on, Brain!
Jen: Ummm....what Babes?
Ed: It's the 11th anniversary of our first kiss!
Jen: Of course it is! (slight sarcasm......because we have only kissed what.....a million more times in the past 11 years??? Although that first kiss sure was nice.)
A much more noteworthy anniversary would be our 10th wedding anniversary, coming up next week. I will work hard not to forget that one.
It is fun to tease Easy Ed about being the sentimental one in our relationship. But after eleven years together, I appreciate that he keeps those early milestones in our relationship alive. In our current life of kids, jobs and responsibilities oozing out at all ends, it is soothing to remember that once upon a time, for a very short chapter of our life together….it was just the two of us.
Exploring the Park Blocks....and later, Central Park, after work. Talking into the early morning hours at his Portland apartment....and then in our first little NYC apartment. Driving to the Oregon Coast to watch the sunset on a whim. Playing his guitar late into the night on rainy Eugene nights while I crammed for one business school test after another. Sharing hot dogs in Battery Park....trying to imagine what the rest of our life together would look like.
I hope we find ourselves back there again. We weren’t finished with that chapter.
'Cause I love him forever.