"Tomorrow, tomorrow I love you tomorrow You're always a day away ..."
Tomorrow marks the 6 year anniversary of my first date with Gary. I can't believe it. It seems like yesterday and it seems like decades ago all at the same time.
Had you told me 6 years ago today that my life was about the change the very next day, I would not have believed you. Gary from work, my friend Beth and I all met up for drinks. Beth left shortly after the hummus tray was devoured as she seemed to catch on long before us that something special was happening.
In 6 years, we have gotten married 3 times. We have experienced so very much. We have traveled around the country and to Mexico. We have seen countless movies. We have played Rock Band and Scattergories and Words With Friends. We have spent hours and hours with our families. Gary has run several Tough Mudder's and other assorted races and now I can say I have run a 5k, too. We turned 40 together.
We jumped up and down with wild abandon when we got pregnant and we clung to each other like there was no one else in the world when we were told there was no fetal heartbeat. We held our first daughter in our arms together. We mourned together. We started to heal together.
We did research together. We found an adoption agency together. We had a home study. We went to meetings upon meetings, all while going to grief counseling. We hosted a fundraiser. We got chosen. We loaded the car and went to Delaware. We met our second daughter.
Our journey has been high and it has been low. But through it all, we have been side-by-side because that is how we work.
Not everyone celebrates the anniversary of their first date. We call it our "First Date-A-Versary". But we are not everyone. We believe in celebrating all the good things, no matter how big or small.
I plan to raise Miranda with that same spirit, too.
Sometimes I feel guilty for feeling so lucky. Sometimes I feel guilty for feeling so happy. I only know luck and happiness, though, from being without either or both.
Tomorrow night we will go back to the scene of our first date. We will have an adult night out that might even include a movie if we can stay awake! A little bit different from 2008, but so much sweeter now with all the memories between us and the knowledge that we will be together for whatever comes next!