let me count the ways

August 26, 2011 § 1 Comment

With my wedding anniversary coming up this weekend, I’m remembering last year when my hubby gave me the best gift ever! We were out to dinner at a nice steakhouse and my computer nerdy man was sitting there looking at his phone – what the heck?!? But when he pulled up the email he’d been drafting all week but had not sent to me, I was blown away. It was a list: a list of memories both ordinary and exceptional that made up our almost 20 years together. Some were funny (“Sitting in a cafe in Paris watching some guy eat tartare de boeuf”), some were simple (“Giving Bella and Sophie a bath in the sink in our first house”), and some were amazing (“Kissing you for the first time”)! Together this collection of memories made me so happy I cried. What a lovely gift to give someone to remember all the little moments that add up to a wonderful life spent together.

The only gift I could give in return was a list of my own. So a few days later I emailed him back, adding to his list with more of my own memories: “Hearing them yell out ‘She has red hair!’ when Bella was born, taking our dog EVERYWHERE, our day in Sienna on our honeymoon.” I could go on and on, and that’s the beautiful thing. This list will continue growing over the years reminding us that it’s the little things in life that really matter.

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