Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Half Life

We need a witness to our lives. There's a billion people on the planet... I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you're promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things... all of it, all of the time, every day. You're saying 'Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness'.
-"Shall We Dance" (2004)

John turns 32 today.  The age of 32 doesn't usually get any fanfare like 21 or 30 or 60.  But to me, 32 means something pretty special. 

Johnny and I met when I was 15 and he was 16.  We did the typical high school dating thing - curfew was 11:30, his parents didn't exactly approve of the blond stranger distracting their son from important things like homework and sports, and everyone totally expected us to break up the second we set foot on our respective college campuses.

But we didn't.  And now, on his 32nd birthday, I can officially say that I have known and loved him half his life.  I have seen him graduate from high school, college, earn his "wings of gold", deploy, graduate from Test Pilot School, hold his daughter and son for the first time, and finish his master's degree.  We have also had friends come and go, we have attended funerals together and weathered some down times.  From now on, we can say that we have had one another for the majority of our lives.  I think that it is pretty special to be able to say that in our early thirties.  I consider myself very lucky in love.

Johnny and I, 1998

Johnny and I, 2012

Happy 32nd Birthday, Johnny!  You are stuck with me!


Allie said...

Oh my gosh, this is too cute. And the contrast of the two pictures is so lovely... just as in love today as back then, but you can see the difference in your expressions between teenage love and married love. So happy for you guys, and happy birthday to Johnny! :)

Anna said...

I love this! I can't wait for when my husband and I have known each other as long! I hope we look as in love as you two.

Karen said...

Beautiful post! Happy Birthday John. :)

Jill said...

Allie, I think the picture from 1998 was taken after a softball game. I have a Langley green ribbon in my ponytail and I think that is a Saxons sweatshirt I am wearing :).

keri said...

Awesome post. I have tears in my eyes! Happy Birthday to your husband!

Angie said...

Happy birthday to your husband! It is awesome you two have been together for so long. It is rare to see that these days.

sanctimomious said...

Awwww... love this. Happy Birthday John!

Hi, I'm Jill!

Hi, I'm Jill!
Extrovert. Mom of two. Wife of a cute Naval Aviator. Lover of wine. When I'm not chasing my two kids around town you will find me writing, taking too many photos, and researching the ten future areas the Navy could potentially (but probably won't) PCS us. We are fish out of water, landlocked at 7,000 feet. For now.

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