Monday, May 28, 2007

Happy One Year


The Blonde Duck poses dramatically with Ben
One year ago yesterday, I was getting my hair curled in preparation for out wedding. Ben was sleeping. After carefully applying makeup and getting zipped up in a strapless lacy and bead covered ivory gown, I took the steps on my father's arm across the lawn of the County Line to marry my best friend. We feasted on ribs, wheat bread, potato salad, pie and cake. Rather than whisk away to a undisclosed honeymoon location, that night we went swimming with family and friends till late in the evening.
The day after our wedding, we attended the annual Memorial Day picnic in our parent's neighborhood. People that had watched me grow up honored our celebration by pelting rice at us as we were driven around in a souped up lawnmower and trailer. This year, we attended the picnic but avoided the demonstration. And yes, we ate our wedding cake that my mother had hid in the freezer.
Yesterday, we talked about how it felt to have been married for a year. We don't feel any different, we don't look any different and things have only gotten better over time. Our family and friends called to congratulate us all during the weekend, which made it that much special. It was amazing enough they'd done so much after the wedding; to remember a year after was even more darling.
Instead of celebrating by taking a fancy trip or buying each other fancy gifts, we'll celebrate by going out to dinner sometime. However, I think our celebration has lasted all weekend. While other couples may choose to celebrate with extravagant gestures, our speciality is sweetening the simplicity of life. We grill salmon, take long afternoon drives, snuggle on the couch and sit on the porch talking while the sunsets. We don't need a five star restaurant and fancy show tickets to make us happy. Our entire relationship has been defined by the constant of doing what was right for us. I'm happy to report that hasn't changed. We're crazier about each other than we ever were before.
Happy Anniversary, honey. Here's to many more to come!

5 comments:

Mom said...

That is so beautiful. I hope you have many happy years of wedded bliss.

Mama K said...

Every time someone up here asks about you two, I tell them I can feel you "smiling over the phone" when I talk to ya'll. I am so happy that you found each other and wish for you both continued happiness and joy in your life together. I love you dearly!

Emma Sanders said...

That is soooo sweet. Love the picture, you both look very happy! What you said...about being friends, and enjoying "everyday" life over a "black-tie" night, is the most important (and often overlooked) joy of a relationship. Congratulations, and Happy Anniversary!

The Blonde Duck said...

Thanks so much ya'll! Ya'll are awesome! We love you all!

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