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Happy Anniversary, Mrs. Kharmin!

“Someday you will ask me what’s more important: my life or you. I’ll answer my life, and you’ll walk away never knowing that you are my life.”

Today, my lovely spouse and I celebrate our marriage. Thirteen years! It’s hard to imagine that someone would tolerate me for so long. Seriously, though, I cherish my wife, for she indeed is my life. I have mused on this topic once before, so I won’t repeat it here.

In honor of this most fateful day, I will touch on a few happy thoughts from the last baker’s dozen years (in no particular order):

  • Our first (of several) trip to Harper’s Ferry, West Virgina
  • Riding the Rebel Yell at King’s Dominion
  • An interminable trip to and from the Georgia Renaissance Festival (ok, so maybe not an entirely happy thought)
  • Getting “re-married” at our local Renaissance Festival
  • Our honeymoon trip to Italy
  • Buying and moving in to our first home
  • Our trip to Albequerque, New Mexico, by way of Denver, Colorado [insert favorite Bugs Bunny line here]
  • Watching Independence Day fireworks at Columbus, Ohio
  • Traveling to Okefenokee Swamp from Savannah, Georgia in a Dodge Neon

Before I continue, it seems that we’ve done a bit of traveling, doesn’t it? Why do these memories stand out? Because our lives have been one adventure after another, and the best adventures I’ve had have been with my wife. That we enjoy each other’s company so much makes traveling together that much more special. How about some other happy thoughts? Ok:

  • Learning how to play card games like canasta, pishte, cribbage and so on
  • Spending time, poolside after work at our apartment
  • Driving around to all of the yard sales and flea markets within a 10 mile radius from the house
  • Picking pumpkins for Hallowe’en
  • Playing miniature golf in Hilton Head, South Carolina
  • Hiking in various places on the Appalachain Trail
  • Decorating our first Christmas Tree together

There are so many more memories I have over the last thirteen years… but most of them are private ones for just the two of us to share. With the baby now, we probably won’t be able to do anything so extravagant as in the past, like traveling to Italy, but I don’t mind.

Just so long as I can spend some more time with this terrific woman who married me… who is my life.

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