Today, we celebrate! In honor of our anniversary and because I could not bring myself to buy an anniversary card written in German, I offer you this:
- Thanks for calling me every day regardless of the country or time zone. Yours is still the only voice I want to hear when I pick up the phone.
- Thanks for never being too tired. For anything.
- Thanks for giving me the world. Quite literally.
- Thanks for making all of my dreams come true. *Almost all–I accept the dream where you cook dinner and clean the dishes every night is simply not going to happen.
- Thanks for saving me the biggest slice or best flavor or last sip.
- Thanks for going to the sleep clinic to figure out the mysterious circumstances surrounding your sudden snoring habit. I forgive you for allowing this to occur the same year our children finally slept through the night.
- Thanks for making sure the fan doesn’t blow in my direction at night.
- Thanks for keeping your vows. Especially the cherishing one. Now I know what it’s supposed to look like.
- Thanks for keeping the other vows too. The ‘forsaking all others’ tends to trip some fellas up.
- Thanks for creating the space in your heart and your schedule for each one of our babies.
- Thanks for telling me I didn’t need to be a hero when I birthed them, and then calling me one anyway after I did.
- Thanks for keeping a sense of wonder about the world. Your curiosity and enthusiasm for life inspires me to live deeper, fuller, better.
- Thanks for not bringing the binoculars to the concert. Trust me on this one.
- Thanks for pretending you know what it’s like to experience PMS. Brace yourself. Menopause is around the corner.
- Thanks for being my loudest and most tireless cheerleader. And not in the Phil Dunphy kind of way. You make me believe anything is possible.
- Thanks for telling me to fill in the ‘Occupation’ blank on the form with the word Writer. See number 15. Anything is possible.
A bonus thank you: Thanks for every single one of the last sixteen years. We’ve learned how to love well, even in the hard years. Especially in the hard years.