November 30, 2006

Ten and Counting

When I was 17, I was working in a video store, one of the many jobs I held down at the time. My little sister was sleeping with this sleezy guy from a town over and he had come in to see her. He brought this guy with him. I couldn't stand him. The two of them came into the store a couple times more and with the help of some gifted jelly beans, the guy and I became friends. We were married three years later and the rest, they say, is history.

So I'd like to say Happy Anniversary to my Hubby, without whom I'd feel as if I was missing an appendage. I love you. Thank you for ten wonderful (and interesting) married years. Here's to many more.

Ahh, but you didn't think I'd leave you without giving you all an idea of who my hubby is did you? Here are some of the reasons I'm privileged to be married to him:

He laughs at my pathetic attempts at jokes;
He holds me when I'm sick;
He makes me dinners - one only sees in restaurants;
He eats Korean food;
He's my mom's favorite person;
He lets me pick food off his plate;
He eats food I can't or won't eat off my plate;
He shares his beer with me since I can't drink much anymore;
He feigns surprise and disgust when I miss a question on Jeopardy;
He holds my hand when we are driving or walking somewhere;
He tells me he loves me every day;
He calls me at least twice a day to let me know he has been thinking about me;
He clears a path in the snow for me so I won't get snow in my shoes;
He starts my car when it's cold outside;
He cuts my grandma's grass cause she's 82;
He plays with my hair when he thinks I'm sleeping;
He dances in the kitchen with me when no one is looking;
He overlooks my obsessive internet spending habits!;
He worries about me when I'm driving home at night;
He kisses me everyday;
He always makes me laugh;
He loves me even though I'm fat;
He supports my every endeavor;
He shares all the responsibilities with me;
He followed me to Philly when I went to college;
He gave me a beautiful son; and
He accepts me for me - flaws and all.

Oh sure, he steals the covers and makes fun of me when I can't find my keys, but he loves me. I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the momentary look of horror on his face as I came tumbling down the hill after bailing off the quad this weekend. I know that sounds bad, but sometimes I wonder how deeply he cares. Of course, he told me he was just worried about the quad - but I know better.

I'm also always amazed that he can even stand to be married to me - I can't even stand to talk to myself in the mirror. When we married, people told him that it wasn't a good match - that he'd feel intimidated by me or over shadowed - see, I'm an Ivy Leaguer and he didn't finish college. I work with the high-brow crowd and he's blue collar. But, he isn't intimidated by me or my successes. He doesn't care and neither do I. I couldn't be prouder of him and his accomplishments - He cooked for the Pope after all!

I couldn't be married to a white collar business man or doctor or lawyer - he couldn't be married to the ninnies he works with either. We are a good match and always have been. He doesn't envy me nor do I look down on him. We don't try to change one another and we are always supportive - we work well together.

Oh, and he makes up cheesy, and tacky songs when we road trip, and sings them to me to howls of laughter!

So, ten years ago today, at 1:30 p.m.- his buddies had a moment of silence for him, and I was married to this goofball, in a wedding gown I bought the night before, by the preacher who baptised my daddy, and the goof stuck around. Who'da thunk it?

Here we are, in all our naive glory. Man, I wish I was that size again . . . Happy Anniversary Baby, I'll let you buy dinner tonight!


Posted by Oddybobo at November 30, 2006 01:54 AM | TrackBack

Happy Anniversary Oddy.

And here's to many, many more!

What a wonderful post....And a gorgeous picture!!

Posted by: Tammi at November 30, 2006 06:35 AM

Wow. That is wonderful. I hope you have many more enjoyable days and years!!!

Posted by: vw bug at November 30, 2006 07:21 AM

Happy Anniversary!!!!! What a wonderful tribute to a great marriage and the guy who helps make it that way. :)

Seriously, the hubby sounds like a keeper. ;)

Posted by: pam at November 30, 2006 08:00 AM

He lets me pick food off his plate;

At first glance... and second... it looked like it said, "lick." I thought, "10 very interesting years, indeed."

Happy Anniversary, Oddy and Hubby!

Posted by: That 1 Guy at November 30, 2006 08:58 AM

OK, I need a tissue too this morning....Happy tenth anniversary, to you and many many more

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at November 30, 2006 10:27 AM

I thought getting food picked off your plate was something standard in the wedding vows. You mean it's actually optional? :-)

Happy Anniversary

Posted by: Harvey at November 30, 2006 10:51 AM

A very Happy Anniversary to you both! Sounds like this marriage thing may just work out for you *grin*

Love the picture - it's wonderful!

Posted by: Teresa at November 30, 2006 11:39 AM

Happy, happy!

Posted by: Jenna at November 30, 2006 02:19 PM

Congratulations and wishing you many more happy years!

Posted by: spurs at November 30, 2006 05:56 PM

Happy, happy anniversary!! And I wish you both many more...

(I looooove the picture - gorgeous! Then and now!!)

Posted by: Richmond at November 30, 2006 06:12 PM

Happy 10th anniversary!!!! Hope you guys whoop it up tonight.

Posted by: Jerry at December 1, 2006 12:27 AM


Very Happy Anniversary!!

; )

Posted by: Christina at December 1, 2006 09:53 AM

... congratulations, girl... many happy returns....

Posted by: Eric at December 1, 2006 10:36 AM

Congrats! Here's to ten more!

Posted by: Carmen at December 1, 2006 06:58 PM

*wiping tears from my eyes* Beautiful post. Happy Anniversary.

Posted by: sticks at December 1, 2006 08:21 PM

What a beautiful story...Congratulations to the both of you!

Posted by: Mrs_Who at December 1, 2006 11:01 PM

Happy belated Anniversary. It is wonderful to hear success stories in marriage. And I wish you both many, many, many more.

Posted by: Tink at December 2, 2006 12:25 PM

Sorry I'm late, but Happy Tenth. Sounds like you both hit the long ball.

Posted by: Jim - PRS at December 4, 2006 07:13 PM

I'd say it sounds like you both picked a winner.

Congrats on 10 and 90 to go!

Posted by: Nancy at December 5, 2006 01:05 AM

Happy Belated Anniversary! I loved your post - everything you need in a marriage was described perfectly :) I wish you both many, many more years of happiness and health.

Posted by: Napster at December 5, 2006 05:29 PM

Sorry I'm late, but happy anniversary. You two look great!

After that write up, does the guy have a brother? ;-)

Posted by: Sissy at December 7, 2006 09:44 AM