Monday, January 28, 2008

Happy anniversary

My card to Tanya on the occasion of 12 years together. I'm thrilled with it, and she loves it. It's made from hand-dyed felt, with images cut from last year's calendar by Nikki McClure. You've seen the fabric a lot because I got it on sale when Fabrics and Findings went out of business. I love it...its earthy tones reflect our favorite colors and the decor of our house.

Her card to me said, in part, "Twelve wonderful, amazing, loving (and sometimes difficult) years together and I feel more grateful for and committed to our relationship than ever." We both laughed about the "difficult" comment. But it's important.

When we first got together, it seemed like nothing difficult could ever touch us, because we were so in love. I suppose a lot of new lovers feel that way, and I don't think it's a bad thing. That early glow is a great thing to have in your memory bank when things do get tough. And, life being what it is, things will get tough.

Surviving, and even thriving, through all that life brings, gives me more confidence and security than ever in our relationship. Let me tell you, security may not sound sexy, but to have another person know you, and still love you, at such a depth, and through times when you, she, or life in general was really horrible, that is cause for great celebration and rejoicing.

5 comments:

Jason said...

Happy Anniversary! You two are an inspiration.

Jen and I are celebrating our 12th this year, too. See? The four of us are destined to cause trouble together...

croney said...

I can't believe it was 12 years ago that it all went down! I'm so proud to say "I was there"! Happy Anniversary, Kelli

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Ann said...

That card is amazing. That's the sort of idea that vaguely swims around my head in some thick murky brain juice, and can't quite make the trip down my arms, into my hands, and into something tangible.

Congrats on the anniversary! Your thoughts on stability and security are spot on.

mel said...

Awesome. The card, your relationship - and your take on it rings so true!! Tad and I have been talking about this a lot lately (we recently had our 15) Enjoying the good stuff is easy, but getting through the hard stuff, your own, each others, life - to quote another famous knitter & feminist - that's love with teeth. Many congratulations!