Monday, January 5, 2009

Happy Anniversary, Brandi

Ten years ago today, a very nerdy (picture a high school junior, wearing khakis and a Star Wars or superhero tee shirt, button up long sleeved shirt over it (unbuttoned of course), glasses, pseudo skater hair cut) boy swung for the fences and asked out a girl that was pretty well out of his league. After she said yes, the (clueless) nerdy boy in question then proceeded to join his friends for lunch. Trust me, that was not the last time I (erm...I mean the nerdy boy) would do something stupid. I managed to not screw up too much, however, and have held on to her for the ten years since.

We've been through quite a bit for a couple of kids who are still about two years shy of their ten-year high school reunion (at least to me we have): ilness, in-laws, getting married, having a child, losing a child, etc., etc.

We've both grown, but have been fortunate enough to have grown together, instead of growing apart as many couples are want to do today. We've also grown as people and are happy and still in love with other, despite any differences from when we were in our middle teens. Sure, we still have our share of fights, but they don't result in much, and are resolved quickly. And we still enjoy being around each other, even when one of us, most often me, is being a total pain in the ass.

I try to imagine what my life would be like now if we hadn't started dating ten years ago, or if we had broken up at some point (and trust me, there were a couple of times that I was on thin ice in the beginning), and it's never good. In the worst imaginings I'm an assistant manager at OfficeMax and still living in my parent's house. *shudder* She really has pushed me to achieve the modest accomplishments that I've earned in my adult life.

I remember when we used to celebrate each month, making a point to go out to dinner or a movie, or both. I would have roses for her and we'd meet in the mall after work or go out after school. While we're more apt to do something around our wedding anniversary, we're going to go out and have a nice dinner this evening.

So happy anniversary Brandi. I love you and am looking forward to many more years.

10 comments:

Shawn Powers said...

Awe. :)

Janiece Murphy said...

Congratulations to you both!

Ilya said...

Power to the nerdy kids all over the world!

Happy anniversary, Brandi and Matt!

mattw said...

Thanks everybody.

Lance said...

So nice! Happy Anniversary!

MWT said...

Yay ten years! :)

vince said...

Happy anniversary!

Jeri said...

Happy anniversary - and yeah nerdy kids! (I have one of my own that I hope will tie the knot someday. In a decade or so. ;))

kimby said...

I so missed this earlier...I am so sorry.
Happy Belated Anniversary Brandi and Matt! (and hey we share a special day!)

Tania said...

Happy (belated) Anniversary from John and I. :)