Thursday, November 15, 2007
It was ten years ago today that Chikara and I promised our lives to each other. Promised to stay together through all sorts of things that we knew nothing about! The first year of marriage was such an emotional roller coaster but every year since then we've learned to be more understanding, more supportive, more forgiving, more patient, more loving and as a result we are more committed to each other than I could have imagined on the day we said "I do".
I'm so glad we decided to go away, just the two of us, and celebrate our first ten years of marriage. Part of me thought that it was a reckless, selfish thing to do. Part of me has a hard time putting me first but now I know that it was the right decision for us. The girls did great without us. They slept well, they played nicely and they didn't seem to notice that we were gone until we returned and then there were tears and stories of all of the fun things they did in our absence and the inevitable questions about presents!
For our part, we will remember that we stole time away from our kids to do the things that we cannot do when we are with them. Sleep in, sit in a hot tub under the stars watching the ocean waves roll, eat appetizers for dinner with a chocolate shake on the side, order enormous hamburgers and not finish them, walk instead of drive and read books without interruption are just some of the luxuries of "child-free" life that we enjoyed.
Are you drooling yet?
We did talk about our children at length and we wondered what they were doing during certain moments of the day. Was Emi being too bossy? Was Misaki sad? Was Sakura cooperating? Did Natsuki even know what was going on?
Gina! Thanks for all the great advice. We had a wonderful time...