The 7 Year Itch, or 10 Years Of Bliss?


My wife and I recently passed our 7th anniversary of being married to one another. This is a big deal because, frankly, that’s a pretty long time for one person to be putting up with me. Officially we’ve been together for over 10 years now, but I guess you can’t count the other 3.5  because we weren’t “official”. A lot has happened in those years. We bought a house. Had 2 kids. Got a dog. Had 2 cats die on us. Moved from Cincinnati to Phoenix and back in a matter of 6 months. Had Steph’s mom AND aunt move in with us for over 6 months. Been to a few places together…including St. Lucia for our honeymoon, Key West, New York City, Hawaii, Buffalo (Buffalo?), Walt Disney World…twice. Lost a grandmother and grandfather to old age. Seen many friends come and go. Taken on several different jobs, including one job that had me driving to Dayton every morning at 2am. It’s been an interesting journey and it seems like it never gets boring. It’s had it’s ups and downs, and I see why people often talk about the 7 year itch. 7 years is a long freakin’ time! But it has been an interesting journey, and I’m sure I have had my moments that have made her wonder what she’s doing with me. Personally, I consider myself pretty lucky. Thanks for hangin’ for 7 years Stephanie! It has been a crazy ride…and we got a lot of miles to go! On our wedding day, we danced to the following song.  Thanks to Alison Krause for putting it into perspective. Our time together may not be as eloquent as this song, but I think it is appropriate…

What a dying world re-defines, the reasons we strive to exist
Refrain control and we’re bound to learn the meaning of moments like this
Cuz in the peaceful lull, the quiet ..
Seduced by the promise of bliss, we soon forget that nothing’s happened yet
We’re living for moments like this

So hold me, whisper gently this is what we live for, how we learn who we are
It defines us, ever reminding us that life never is more precious than this

From the dim light in the greyness, the aim of the soul tends to miss
then the clouds catch fire and the oceans pitch
we’re made for the moments like this

So hold me, whisper gently that there’s nothing to fear
You’ll always be near, to remind me, to stand behind me
Although life can be rough we can never give up

It’s in our power to face the storm with all its fury and madness
The flash of thunder will be harnessed with the longing and sadness
The clouds will grey.

Hold me. Whisper gently this is what we live for, how we learn how we are
It defines us, ever reminding us that life never is more precious than this
Hold me. Whisper gently that there’s nothing to fear,
You’ll alway’s be near, to remind me, stand behind me
Although life can be rough we can never give up.

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