Thursday, August 27, 2009

A Love Letter

(This picture of Dave cracks me up. I love it when he works it for the camera.)

The Wild Rose

Wendell Berry

Sometimes hidden from me
in daily custom and in trust,
so that I live by you unaware
as by the beating of my heart,

Suddenly you flare in my sight,
a wild rose blooming at the edge
of thicket, grace and light
where yesterday was only shade,

and once again I am blessed, choosing
again what I chose before.

I love this man.

Eighteen years ago, I chose to marry David. He is a good man, a kind man, a funny man.

And I love that in eighteen years of marriage, we have grown together, to rely on each other, to laugh with each other, to keep choosing again what we chose before.

I wish I could write all that I've learned through my marriage to this wonderful man. I wish I could do justice to the agonies we've faced, the amazing joys, the small pleasures, the looming worries, the niggling irritations, the thoughtful kindnesses, the unthoughtful unkindnesses, the opposition in all things. I can't. I don't have the words for it.

But I will say that there IS opposition in all things. It's like the journey of life. Stick with it long enough and you'll find that each burden has its contrasting blessing. One of my blessings is this: we keep choosing each other, over and over and over. And that's saying something.


Liz said...

You're so thoughtful!!! I'm so happy for you two and the LONG time you've been together! The way I let Jeff know that I love and need him yesterday was by putting on MY list of things to do: "Ask Jeff to mow the lawn!" He saw my list and laughed and then went and mowed the lawn! Why does he put up with me?

Sarah said...

How sweet. Happy Anniversary!

Kerri said...

I guess I should admit that our anniversary was actually a little while ago. Like a month ago. Oh well...the thoughts are all true, just a month late.

Austin and Leslie said...

You definitely did pick a great guy! You forgot to mention he's a great uncle too. I can't believe it's been 18 years! I remember going to your wedding reception! Wow. Congrats.

Gaylene said...

Wonderful--18 years. That is an Eternity for some of today's marriages. Keep up the good work on your relationship and remember that we love you both!

Amber said...

I remember your reception in that great big backyard!!! Amazing journey...could you foresee any of it?

Danielle said...

Oh great! Now I'm going to have to come up with something profound for my anniversary:) Seriously, I hope your anniversary was wonderful!

Malisa said...

David was a good choice. :)

thedailydelights said...

Happy anniversary! I love the "keep choosing" part! Now, that is something to ponder...luv to your gorgeous family you've created in those 18 years! trina