Friday, August 11, 2017
"A man and a woman are meant for each other--are meant for each other as husband and wife."
I sit here on the deck, the fan hard at work keeping the flies away, the whirligig spinning in the light northerly breeze, a third of the way into my whodunit, the dinner plate hibiscus proudly displaying three amazing blooms, the beast curled up at the feet of his mistress and the woman I love, having ingested a small glass of wine and a nosh, the sun casting a shadow on the garage proclamation..."You Are Loved," and I know it just as well could read "You Are Blessed!" We have chosen to spend this, our 44th anniversary, quietly together. We have spent previous anniversaries in exotic places, exploring new and unusual things or returning to places we love. Each has been an amazing event. But somehow, this is right. The beautiful yellow butterfly. The busy dragonflies. Even the youngster who has apparently started band this summer and has learned how to make his trombone make loud and definitive noises stresses the idyllic feeling of the day. I know that somewhere passed these garden fences, there is turmoil...there is hatred...there is uncertainty. But today? For us? The world is a quiet, a beautiful place...one in which we truly celebrate each other--where we have been, and where we are going--according to the most beautiful song sung at our wedding ceremony: Together Forever. It is true. Blessed! And the garage is right!