Monday, November 5, 2012

Where I stand

"I stand with you."
We chose to say yes to a future together in the shade of a broadleaf tree on a late spring day.  Both formally churched, whatever that means, we were intentional in our choice to be united in marriage outdoors.  It was less a statement of turning from the church and more of a personal comfort with sun and fresh air and open spaces.  

What I want to say is this.  We were 23 and 25; you can fill in the rest.  Lest you are stumped, consider this.  We were in love, full of hope and faith and thought we had an idea or two about what lay ahead.  All of that was true.  What we didn't have was absolutes, but we had a plan and two cars and a job waiting for us on the other side of the country.  We had a friend who was willing to drive one of our cars from Baltimore to Seattle, and since we were newly-weds, it seemed like a good idea to travel together in the other car.  Are you with me here?

How we got to this day some 32 years later is a bit of a mystery.  We're still a work in progress on many levels, and that elusive notion of absolutes- well, it's still a lofty concept.  Do you have it?  Do you want it?

For today and very likely for tomorrow and beyond, let me proclaim that we have gratitude for what we've crafted, nurtured, and weathered.  Sometimes we are in love.  And yes, we still have hope and faith and some idea of what lies ahead.  And for us, I believe, that is more than enough.  

To enduring relationships, including marriage for any couple who desire it; salute!

1 comment:

  1. Salute! Getting there one second at a time sometimes takes real effort and considerable patience and love. You've got to want it.

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