Today is my 5th wedding anniversary. It’s hard to believe I have known Kim for over ten years (that’s over a third of my life!). I’m happy to report that things are going well. She still likes going on walks with me, she still laughs at my comic strips, and she still puts up with my Star Wars obsession.
I suppose a little extra pressure is exerted on a marriage when your first names have been united by an ampersand and trademarked, but I don’t feel it. Five years have gone by so fast, and it’s been a blast. On one hand, I feel like we’ve really accomplished something (especially in this day and age). But on the other hand, our five years is peanuts compared to Kim’s grandparents, who are in their 65th year of marriage.
That comparison is especially poignant right now because Kim’s grandma has constrictive heart failure and she was admitted to a nursing home just this week. No one really knows how long she has left, or if they do, they’re not saying.
Boompa (yes the REAL Boompa) is crushed and heartbroken. He and Rosie have been together for sixty-five years, through thick and thin, ‘til death do they part. It’s a sad moment for all of us, preparing to say goodbye (for now) to a treasured part of the family. But what an amazing blessing, to be able to spend sixty-five years with your best friend. I take Kim for granted far too often, but I pray that I could be so lucky.
If I were a songwriter, I know I would like to have written a song called The Luckiest, by Ben Folds:
And where was I before the day
That I first saw your lovely face?
Now I see it everyday
And I know
That I am
I love you more than I have ever found a way to say to you
Next door there’s an old man who lived to his nineties
And one day passed away in his sleep
And his wife; she stayed for a couple of days
And passed away
I’m sorry, I know that’s a strange way to tell you that I know we belong
That I know
That I am
So, to everyone reading, thank God today for the special people in your life, and hug them just a little tighter. And to Kim, on this 1,826th day of marriage, I love you. I truly am the luckiest.