Thursday, August 26, 2010
August 26, 1966
This morning one of the maintenance men at work stopped by my office (everyone was gone but me) & said there was a delivery in the lobby. So I went out to pick it up. Florist with flowers & when I looked at the card my name was on it. What a wonderful surprise!!
44 yrs ago today I met the love of my life...the longest relationship I have had. It has endured three marriages (two of mine & one of his). We have never made it down the aisle, but we were engaged for several years not so long ago. He is my Big Guy, lives in Seattle. I write about him & our odessesy quite often. He is the one constant in my life for all these years. The one person who knew me then, that smalltown girl from OK & he is the one who knows me now. Still a smalltown girl from OK but one who has seen so much - had such adventures, tragedies, joys, heartbreak, happiness. He knows the woman I have grown to be, my beliefs, my morals, my ethics. He knows me better than anyone ever has. He accepts me, & all that makes me who I am, unconditionally. He respects me. He likes me. And he loves me.
He was beside me when my brother got his final diagnosis. He was with us in Key West (I think we will go back there together one day. Remember old memories, make new one). He was the one I called late at night when it all got to be so overwhelming. He was my rock. He was with me when my brother died. He was beside me at the wake, the funeral, the cemetery. He got me through those first days of grief. He was the one who took care of me when I physically collapsed. He has always been in my heart from the time I was 14 yrs old. He was my first kiss. My first love. My true love.
He has sent me red & yellow roses for years on our anniversary but I am always surprised when they arrive. Red ones for each decade (they signify love), yellow ones for each year in the decade (yellow roses are my favorite & also signify friendship). So this year it was 4 red & 4 yellow. And I was, once again, touched & surprised. It made my day, & I felt loved, special, cherished. That is after all our song....Cherish by The Association. I hear that song & remember his Mom bringing me the 45rpm from him so many years ago when he was attending Staunton Military Academy in VA & his folks came to OK to visit his Mom's family. We ususally call each other when we hear it on the radio.
So, today is my 44th Anniversary! The only one I celebrate. One day, every year, I am once again 14. First kiss, first love. I do love you Big Guy!! Forever...