Nancy and I have been married 32 years today. We are celebrating in a most unusual way. It helped me focus on living with gratitude.
Looking back over your life, there are bound to be a few significant events that stand out. Decisions made which end up impacting the arch of your future. One of the most significant in my life took place on June 2, 1990. Nancy and I were fresh out of college. Graduation had been a few weeks prior. Standing with friends and family, we made a commitment to each other; we would walk life together no matter what came our way.
For thirty-two years, we have made it work. It has not always been easy. Nancy will tell you I am impulsive, constantly looking to improve things, and a bit compulsive when it comes to things being in the correct place. It is no secret that I have had the easier go of it when navigating our relationship. We have made it work. Made it work even while I (we) have been fighting cancer these last six years.
These days Nancy moves within our relationship with a boldness and confidence that is refreshing and somewhat scary. Just the other day, she looked at me, smiled, and then said, “what, are you going to leave me now? I am the one with health insurance.” It is okay; you can laugh.
The truth is that we have grown closer together over the past six years. Walking this journey has caused us to have conversations we would typically avoid. I can honestly say I love Nancy more today than the day we stood before friends and family to become husband and wife.
Our anniversary celebration
This afternoon, I will have an ERCP to clean out the bile ducts in my liver. I cannot eat anything before the procedure, so a nice breakfast celebration is out of the question. Following these procedures, I usually want nothing more than to sit quietly and let my body recover. So I am anticipating a very low-key celebration. [Read more…]