Two years ago today... I uncomfortably accepted a gift from my fiance. He reserved a full spa treatment for me - hair, nails, makeup, massage, the works - while I was on vacation in Las Vegas. I say uncomfortably because this was a girls' trip and none of my girlfriends were about to spend all morning and most of the afternoon at the salon. I wanted to be with them. I tried to give away pieces, here I'll take the hair and you take the makeup and you take the nails, but they wouldn't accept. I was uncomfortable, but also giddy, because, who does this? Who gives gifts like this? He does.
Two years ago today... I sat in the hairstylist's chair when a friend handed me a note. From my fiance. He was here, in Las Vegas, and would I meet him this evening at the alter. I started shaking, what was going on? Another friend handed me a dress - in my size! - that reminded me of clouds: silky, feathery, soft. I remembered this dress; I pointed it out to him a long time ago, describing it as my dream wedding dress. Then shoes were being handed to me, beautiful blush stilettos - in my size! - and now I was crying because what. was. going. on? It took me a minute to realize the extent of what was happening. He was in Las Vegas, asking me via a love note, to marry him that very night, in this breathtaking dress and wearing these lovely shoes and holding a bouquet of flowers so perfect and fragrant. Who would do something like this? Who knows my tastes and sizes so perfectly? Who knows that this, this exact thing, would be my fairytale? He does.
Two years ago today... I walked down the aisle of a beautiful Las Vegas chapel, high up on the top floor of the Stratosphere, and looked into his smiling face. I still remember that smile. I see it every day. I said I do to him while the sun was setting and his hand was holding mine tightly. I still remember those hands. I hold them every day.
Two years ago today... I married my best friend.
Clay and I have been together for over a decade now, married for two of those years today, and while it feels like a lifetime, it also seems like the time has gone by in a blink of the eye. That's the wonder of love, I guess; I imagine I'll feel this very same way on our fiftieth wedding anniversary, looking back on a lifetime of love and wondering, where did the time go.
We are different in so many ways, but similar in those that really matter- like family, and love, and where we want to be in one month, ten years, fifty years. Life is good and with him it's even better. And where ever this life may take us, it'll take us together. We are each other's heart, each other's home.