July 7th. A searing hot, typical Texas summer Saturday.
That morning, I went and washed my car, a clunker with a squeaky fan belt.
That afternoon, I married the girl of my dreams.
All in all, a darn good day.
After the reception, we changed into our travelin’ clothes, ran the traditional Gauntlet of Rice, climbed into my clunker with the squeaky fan belt, flashed our biggest smile for the photographer, and drove off under the blazing sun, on our way to the much more pleasant climes of Vail, Colorado.
Our life together, like the Colorado Rockies, lay stretched out before us…
And then, thirty-three years happened.
Just like that. I swear to you, just like that.
I don’t mean to be cliche, but honestly, had I known it would go by this fast, I would have tried to enjoy it more. I would have squeezed more juice from the sweet, luscious fruit of life. (oh, brother, let’s just stop here, okay?)
Still, the time moved just slowly enough for me to gather a whole basket load of wonderful memories, which I will cherish all my days.
And that cute girl standing next to me on that July 7th afternoon has been right there beside me through everything, good and bad, funny and sad, easy and tough. And I couldn’t be happier, or luckier.
Happy Anniversary, darling. I love you more every fleeting year. Thank you for being my wife.