The Big Ten
It seems like just yesterday I was preparing to walk down the aisle to say “I do”.
I remember that day so vividly.
I remember sitting in the bride’s room with my wedding dress straddled over a kid’s chair so that it wouldn’t get crumbled while I wrote checks for the last few expenses of the wedding. (That’s me – all business all the time.)
I remember sneaking out of the bride’s room to go make sure the cake looked okay and that the reception area was set up properly.
I remember looking into my Dad’s eyes before we walked down the aisle and seeing how emotional the day was for him to “give away” his firstborn daughter.
I remember having to walk so carefully down the aisle because my dress had stretched out from hanging on the hanger and was too long. I literally walked like a toy soldier kicking my leg out completely in front of me so that I wouldn’t step on it.
I remember the teary smile of my soon-to-be-husband as I approached the altar to meet him.
That day – 10 years ago today – I pledged my life to him, Merlyn Ryan Catron.
In 10 years, we’ve shared a lot. We’ve grown. We’ve changed. We’ve succeeded. We’ve failed. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. We’ve fought. We’ve reconciled.
Most days he knows me better than I know myself. He protects me fiercely. He loves me dearly. And he refuses to let me be less than my best.
10 has not always come easy. And I suspect that the next 10 will share their mix of joys and sorrows. But I am sure that it is worth it. I am sure that I want 10 more.
I love you, dude! Happy Anniversary!