The ritual ended kind of early last night and we were in bed by 10.
That might have been worth it because I feel pretty fantastic this morning, which is, no doubt, another sign of being another year older.
Last night, when we were out at fancy dinner (kind of - the nicest dinner we could have in this rural town), I asked Shoes what he had learned over the course of the last year. He sighed and said, "I've learned to not let Rosie have any more fabric toys." (Really. She consumes all of them and then there's Big Trouble in Little Rosie's Stomach later.)
We also talked about 35 being kind of a difficult birthday. For us, anyway. We've both been very grateful to have been in the position of being "young professionals" after college and entering into our respective fields. That part of our identity is slowly slipping away as we approach middle age. We are no longer the bright, young people at the professional table. And while that's a bit of an adjustment, there's also a reservoir of treasure that comes with that. Namely, experience. Patience. Wisdom...
I've written many time about here about the long journey I took to find Shoes and be ok with marriage again. We don't have to talk to about it again. But it is worth mentioning that he still surprises me. His wit, his patience, his kindness, his gentleness ... it is immense and all enveloping and there is still a piece of me that is astonished I get to help him celebrate any birthday with him. He is an incredible partner, which is how I usually prefer to refer to him. He truly partners with me in every sense of the word.
I do not know how to be more grateful for this human being in my life.
I do not know how I am so lucky to be able to help him celebrate another year of incredible living.
I think I can't love him more, and then, of course, I do.
Cheers to another year of a life very well lived, Shoes. You're making the absolute most of your time on this earth, and it is humbling to see you not take anything for granted. Cheers to this next year, too. I have no doubt that you will find ways to live it even more fully. Thanks for letting me celebrate with you. There's nowhere else I'd rather be.