A lifetime, several maybe….
We were SO young, and didn’t even know it.
But then again, not so much maybe.
We had dated for…ever.
In some ways, we practically grew up together…
seven years, springing into adulthood.
times when we weren’t sure we’d make it,
times when we couldn’t imagine not.
Just like any “old married couple.”
That’s what we are now….
it surprises us.
We used to be that young couple….
Now we are the old one,
the one with how many kids?
But here’s the secret, shhhhhhhh:
Now, it’s so much better.
We might be that old married couple…
Not as shiny, or smooth, or skinny….
But we are molded into each other, part and parcel.
It surprises us both, how so long ago it was such a fragile event, really.
It wouldn’t have taken much, he says, for it not to have happened.
A little more fear, a little less hope…
a different choice, or two.
But then again…maybe not.
Seems like it was meant to be.
And we can, even now, look at each other with deep wonder and say
“I love you so.”
“And, ever, I do.”