[me - 1992; him - 1995]
we met the summer of 1990.
i was 16. he was 14. that was 22 years ago.
i don't really remember the day but he sure does. he has an awesome memory. he told my friend Yvonne that he was going to marry me. i wonder if she remembers that?
that entire school year, we talked on the phone. all day and all night. even when he was grounded. and he was grounded a lot! we talked about everything. music. friends. school. poetry.
but...man...all I kept thinking about was how young he was. afterall, i was 16 for goodness sake. so a relationship never blossomed but a friendship sure did.
we talked off and on for years. he went into the army after highschool and we lost touch for awhile but we would always reconnect.
he officially came home in 2000. we became an instant couple. i loved him immediately. i think i always have. he was amazing with my daughter. i loved him so much more for that too.
12 years of my life has been spent with this man. i think we needed that time to grow up a little.
[dre and nyna - 2011]
on 06.14.02 we made if official.
we were married with only our parents present. he, anna and i celebrated afterwards. that weekend we had a small reception at my parents house with our closest family and friends.
i gave him a daughter who is the only other person he knows that looks just like him. i've come to accept that i won't be able to give him anymore. we've lived in four houses and hope to move one last time. we've seen job loss and jobs gained. we've had financial security and years when we didn't know where the money would come from. we've laughed so hard at ourselves and i've shed my share of tears for things that i can't change. we've loved for so long and strive to make our marraige better.
this week we celebrate 10 years of marriage and 12 years of true, sometimes heart-wrenching love.
but in all realness...
we celebrate 22 years of friendship.