We were sitting around with a group of adults chatting one evening when the topic of anniversaries came up. We were asked how long we'd been married, and I couldn't recall at that exact moment so I threw out the number 8. The group seemed to go along with it until someone started doing some math and realized Samantha was 9 at that time. Not that it's not possible, but they brought the topic back our way and started questioning us again.
Since then, Ted and I have decided we like celebrating 8 years of marriage, for many reasons. First, if we always make it our 8th Anniversary, then neither of us ever has to worry about getting the number wrong. Second, when we celebrated 8 years of marriage the first time, we were 31. That is SO young! I can keep believing I'm 31, and you don't have to remind me that I'm not. And 3rd, when we signed up for this agreement, the terms were for life, so the only anniversary number I really need to worry about at this point is 50. We made a deal with the Richies that we'd all go back to Hawaii for our 50th Anniversaries. I'm looking forward to that trip. Imagine the possibilities!
Since it's our 8th anniversary today, I feel obliged to pass on some noteworthy wisdom we were given by our Pastor during pre-marriage classes. "You may not always like eachother, but you still have to love eachother." Ain't that the truth! I could probably recall one or two instances in the past 8 years when I didn't like my husband very much. I'm a smart woman though so I'm not going to offer up any of those instances, I know it goes both ways.
As a newlywed, I had the ambitious idea that instead of saying "I love you", I would say "I love you today." This way I would have to make sure to say it again tomorrow, and the next day, and so on because it's effect would wear off at the end of the day. Young brides have big ideas. I must confess that after 8 years have passed, I've probably missed a few days. I did program the automatic text into my phone so that all I have to type is ilut and all the words pop up. I've had this phone for about 2 years and just remembered this feature earlier this week. I tried it out again on my husband who was outside working. Low and behold, it still works! Not less than 10 seconds later, he appeared in the doorway with a smile on his face.