Ten years ago today I did the smartest thing I’ve ever done…
I married my husband Scott Shriner on a deserted beach in Kauai, during a half-cloudy sunset, with a double rainbow above our heads.
I was SO stressed out because we had gotten rained out two days in a row. Remember the days things like rain in Hawaii would stress you out? Remember being that young and that much of a dumbass? Oh, for three rainy days alone in Hawaii with my husband now. I’m not scared of the rain anymore…
In fact, I’m no longer shaken by most of the things that rattled me back in the day. I used to think that my first novel not getting published would kill me (it didn’t). Also, I used to think you can get anything you want if you just try hard enough (you can’t). I thought I was soooo busy (I wasn’t). I used to think we’d get pregnant roughly five and a half seconds after that beautiful, borrowed dress was hanging back in the closet (we didn’t, we got our perfect son instead).
Here are some things I knew then that I still know now…
I knew that I would never tire of looking at Scott’s face at the end of the day. I knew he was an honest and good man, with integrity and courage. I knew that if the zombies ever did finally come, I was exactly on the right team. I knew I stood taller and stronger when I walked into a room holding his hand. I knew he would always make me laugh. I knew he’d be a remarkable father. I knew we’d never see eye to eye about electronic equipment. I knew I should just let him get the gigantic TV because really it isn’t all that important in light of that fact that my favorite part of every day is lying in bed with my head on his shoulder and dreaming, hoping, gossiping, complaining…all of it. I knew that this was the person I wanted to do this life thing with. That this was my witness and my love.
I guess I wasn’t such a dumbass after all.
Honey, I am so glad that in a life full of monumentally bad decision making, I did this one thing, the most important thing, so very right.
I’m overwhelmed with gratitude and joy this morning for our beautiful life together, for every peak and valley we’ve traveled hand-in-hand along the way.
Ten more years? What do you say?