“Marriage as a long conversation. When marrying you should ask yourself this question: do you believe you are going to enjoy talking with this woman into your old age? Everything else in a marriage is transitory, but most of the time that you’re together will be devoted to conversation.”
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Twenty two years ago this week, a knot was tied. Two kids stood up and said I DO in front of a church full of family and friends, not really understanding the meaning or significance of those two words.
But as the kaleidoscope of life has turned, we’ve gotten to see more of the colors, shapes, and sizes packed inside that three-letter promise. And we’ve realized that it was never a flat, static recitation, but a living, breathing pledge that bears repeating to each other on a regular basis.
And so Lindsay, on our 22nd anniversary, know that I DO . . .
1 . . . like you.
2 . . . love you.
3 . . . know you love me as I am.
4 . . . believe you’re the very best woman for me.
5 . . . get inspired by your bravery.
6 . . . receive energy from your empathy.
7 . . .stand amazed to watch you as Quinn’s mom.
8 . . . love watching you evolve.
9 . . . appreciate your patience in my own evolution.
10 . . . find myself stunned by our sex appeal.
11 . . . love how you interact with your world.
12 . . . commit to always cheering loudest for you.
13 . . . love the life we’ve constructed.
14 . . . feel your energy when you’re near me.
15 . . . enjoy dreaming about our future.
16 . . . savor (nearly) every dish you’ve ever made me.
17 . . . plan to always stand behind you.
18 . . . need you always in my corner.
19 . . . thank you for bringing out the best in me.
20 . . . hurt when you’re away.
21 . . . pray we get to grow old together.
22 . . . thank the heavens you chose me.
Happy anniversary, babe!