It's hard to believe John and I celebrate seven years of marriage tomorrow. In some ways I feel like I can't possibly be old enough to have been married for seven years, and in other ways, those seven years feel more like thirty (I think I've aged one year for every month of Jack's life). It's amazing how two people can go through so much together, how we can grow and change as individuals and as a couple, and still be just as much in love as we were when we met ten years ago.
|August 28, 2004|
This morning I was at the salon, and it seemed like I was surrounded by wedding chatter. The red-headed girl next to me (who was brightening her color and planning her up-do for the big day) was something of a bride anomaly. Most brides I've met are either desperate to lose a few last pounds before the wedding or are too nervous to eat. But not this gal. She had brought in a box of a dozen donuts to "share" with the salon employees, but she happily put away three donuts and a massive iced latte while I watched her from under the dryer. Clearly no qualms about fitting into her dress there - perhaps she's banking on her Spanx? Whatever the case, she seemed very happy, so more power to her.
Another woman had just been told her niece's wedding was canceled because of the hurricane. I can't imagine having my wedding canceled the day before. Now there's a woman who deserves to eat a box of donuts.
And of course, I was getting my hair done because one of my best friends, Shauna, is getting married next weekend! I couldn't help but smile as I listened to the redhead at the salon describe every detail to her stylist, who was going to the wedding to do the bridal party's hair. Shauna was one of my bridesmaids, and since I got married in BFE, we all did our own hair. You can imagine what a small bathroom filled with five bridesmaids and a bride is like two hours prior to the ceremony. Or maybe you can't. In fact, I'm not sure you want to. It's amazing we didn't all pass out from hairspray fumes. The real kicker was that my mom had the massive bathroom upstairs all to herself. But there was something special about us all helping each other in that crammed space. I wouldn't change it for the world.
|Pretty maids all in a row|
Most of all, I'm so grateful for every second I've had with John, the only man in the world who would put up with my hysterics over a lost pacifier and still tell me I'm beautiful at the end of the day. I love you so very much.