Yeah, I know, this is when I’m supposed to be putting up a new chapter of Jack to the Future so you can all read it and look for all those terrible typos I’ve placed sporadically throughout.
But…today’s a special day. Because today is the day where I celebrate 10 years of (mostly) marital bliss with my better half.
Yeah, I know, the mostly seems like a jab at the whole marriage thing, but let’s be honest, marriage is not always the most awesome thing. There are days, weeks, maybe even months or years where you just don’t know where the whole thing is going. You just can’t see the daylight at the end of whatever tunnel you’re currently in. Or maybe you’re just crabby and want to be left alone, yet that partner of yours keeps trying to get you out of your funk.
But that’s the thing about marriage. It has its good times and it has its bad times, because, you know, life. And, if you’re doing it right, you’ve got someone there beside you throughout it all, instead of having to go through those good and bad times alone. You’ve got someone to celebrate with when things go right, you’ve got someone to comfort you when they don’t.
But, I’m not here to talk about marriages in general. I’m here to talk about my own. My very own marriage which now celebrates 10 years of being in existence. We made it past the 8 year mark (where the average marriage ends) without even blinking. And the 10 year mark, we’re feeling as strong as ever. We’re facing new challenges, new adventures, and ready to just all around take over the world. Together.
Now, I’ll admit, I’m pretty terrible at actually coming up with ways to celebrate anniversaries. It’s not that I forget. I have google calendar set up to remind me of it’s impendingness a month ahead of time so I can’t forget. It’s just that I’m not really all that great at the big romantic gestures. So, tonight will be fairly low key. We’ll be at home, sans kids, just enjoying the country life a bit more quietly. Something we haven’t had much of a chance to do since we moved out here.
And, because we’re terrible at holding off on gift exchanges, we’ve already done all that jazz as well. The picture of the map which may or may not have brought you here. That’s what I got my wife. It’s one of those big 24 by 36 deals (I think…) on corkboard where you can mark the places you’ve been and the places you want to go. Since one of the things we love to do most as a family is travel, and we’re always looking for the next adventure, it seemed to me to be the perfect way to celebrate the last 10 years, to look at where we’ve been and to look forward to where we want to go. As you can see, we’ve got a lot of pins in place already, and we haven’t even completed putting them all in yet (either on the places we’ve been or the places we’re going). Each of those white pins marks another step in our journey together. Each of those black pins a step where we’ve been.
It’s a map of our adventure together. A map which will (hopefully) never be complete.
I was pretty excited about this gift idea, while also being a little nervous. I don’t generally do much for purchases of home decor items because I, to be completely honest here, don’t have much of an eye for design. And although I can’t say for certain my wife thinks it’s the most gorgeous option I could have found for such things, her gift for me tells me that I had the right idea at the very least.
Because her gift for me was yet another adventure. One which involves white water rafting and ziplining.
Because some of these adventures we’re going to have to get out of the way before we’re too old to actually do them 🙂
Happy anniversary, Gretchen. I would have never imagined where our life would lead 10 years ago, but I’m so happy to see where it’s at. Here’s to another 10 years together!