One Year Married
Nick and I were watching Grey's Anatomy on Netflix this past week. We watched the episode where Cristina marries Owen and then she's trying to return to work. She's also struggling with being married. She turns to Meredith and asks if it should feel different. Meredith assures her that it does but it takes time. It takes time to think of this man as your husband.
Today is our one year wedding anniversary. Last year July 18th was a muggy and hot Saturday. It rained while I was sitting in the hair salon chair, sipping on a mimosa. Then it cleared up to be brightly and brilliantly sunny, if not extremely hot and humid. This is what happens when you get married in July. I laughed walking down the aisle to meet Nick and we danced in the trolley on the way to the reception. The photographers made us kick off our heels and we ran across a field. We gave a thank you speech right before we took a bite out of a giant glazed donut. I was sure that July 18, 2015 was the best day of my life.
It was hard to imagine all the things that would happen in our first year of marriage. We had an incredible loss and then had to alter our lifestyle to help our family. We celebrated awesome personal victories and a new job. We spent plenty of time in our favorite city of Philadelphia and went on a few adventures throughout the year. The year went by with ups and downs.
Looking back, our wedding day was definitely one of the best days of my life. But every day since has been an incredible gift that I get to share with my husband. I have yet to experience anything as amazing as being married to my best friend. He is my rock, my cheerleader, my sounding board. Through everything that's happened to us in our marriage so far, he's there by my side.
It would be a lie to tell you that everything is perfect and idyllic. We fight and some days we just don't get along. What makes it all work is that we laugh more than we fight and I try to remember that, at the end of the day, we promised to love each other through it all. Marriage takes work but it's the most fun work I've ever had.
I would tell Cristina that it doesn't feel different right away. You wake up and see him every day and live your life the same way. The thing is that it's not a feeling. Somehow it just becomes that way and each day with him is the best day ever.