Today is my wedding anniversary. For 16 years, Husband S has been legally obligated to put up with me, and he does a pretty damn fine job. There is some argument as to whether I am low or medium maintenance, but a maintenance program for my happiness and sanity does, indeed, exist.
S has always stuck by me and supported me, even when he doesn’t have to. He has faith in me even when I don’t and he always encourages me to try something new even when he doesn’t agree with what I want to try, like joining a UU fellowship for instance. He frequently puts my wants ahead of his and he deals with my family – even on holidays. He holds me accountable for my actions, which pisses me off, but it makes me a better person. He is patient with my impatience. He is my favorite person in the world.
Old age isn’t scary when I think about growing old with him.
Today won’t be the anniversary celebration that we hoped for, but it will be just us and that is enough. I love you, S.
P.S. Congratulations to all of the same-sex couples in California who can now celebrate their own wedding anniversaries, U.S. Supreme Court willing.