Monday, November 22, 2010

Shining Star

Greetings! This is the Mr., hijacking Sarah's blog, in honor of our 10th Anniversary today.
We've been together
a long time now.
We've laughed and cried
and seen each other through
our best and worst
and everything in between.
And today, when I look at you,
I feel even more love
thank I've ever felt before.
We have a history together,
full of shared memories
that keep us close.
You are so much a part of me
and a part of my happiness
that ti's impossible to imagine
what life would have been like without you.
You are my partner,
and my love,
and I ask nothing more
than to spend all the rest
of my life with you.
- Linda Lee Elrod

My Dearest Sarah,
When I saw this card, I thought immediately that it pretty much says what I would want to say. In the past, humor-based cards were often chosen in hopes of getting you to laugh.

I still want you to laugh. I want you to find joy in each day with our family, with each child, and with me. I feel good when you are enjoying yourself and I feel that way because I love you.

On this day, however, and with a benchmark (10 years!), our anniversary has arrived in the midst of challenges. We've had stress in our relationship, stress with some of the kids, and stress from my career and dip in income. At a time when we should be having bigger and larger celebrations (and gifts, but really. . what could I get you made of tin?) we are on a budget, a strict one, and time are tight.

The mood, the challenges, the importance of the benchmark, these all make a funny card inadequate.

So, despite the fact that you may find most straight-laced anniversary cards to be hokey or uninspired, please know this:

These words from Linda Lee Elrod, who I learned was a poet, say what I think and feel.

We've been together 10 years. They have been the best 10 years of my life and I would not take a moment away if I had a chance. My life is better, more full and has satisfaction and peace and real happiness because you are in it.

Your ardent admirer,

* * * * * *
After we eloped, I drove my lovely Bride and darling Princess (for Hatfield was with us) across Seattle proper to dinner in my 1969 Mercedes (no matter what Sarah tells you, it's not a clunker. It's a irreplaceable piece of German art!) At that time, my sister and I had cell phones complete with walkie-talkie radio properties (now nearly as much of a relic as the Mercedes.) Despite the fact that our ride was constructed of highly superior German engineering, our ride was sans working stereo, my brother-in-law, riding behind us in his fully functioning piece of Japanese engineering, piped this tune for us over the phone, which instantly became our song.

Every time I hear this song, I'm immediately taken back to that clear night, driving through the city with my girls. We were young, poor, hopeful and optimistic about the wonders our future would hold.

The past 10 years did not disappoint. And I am looking forward to the next 10. And the 10 after that. And the 10 after that. And the 10 after. . .


geralyn said...

Cliff and Sarah, I wish you both a wonderful anniversay and hope that the next 50 (at least) are as filled with hope, wonder and suprises as the first 10.

Cliff, your words are touching and heartfelt. What an amazing man to share his passion for his wife and family so publicly. Two snaps up for you!!!

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

Happy 10th!

I always thought we would go to Europe or something big on our 10th. Instead, we adopted a European, lol.

Julie said...

Happy anniversary! What a lovely post. Thanks for reminding me to daily appreciate what God has given me.

MATT said...

Happy Anniversary, you two!

bbbunch said...

I love you guys. That is all :)

Happy Anniversary!


mary said...

Happy Anniversary Cliff & Sarah-
may you both have many many many more to come! Such a coincidence- Shining Star is both mine & Dad's song! Love ya both! Mom/Dad

ania said...

You two Rock.Like.This. ;-)

In all sincerity, congratulations and many well-wishes!

Um, am I the only person who thinks that the theme song for "Facts of Life" should be one of the top 10 theme songs for real life? I mean, when I'm going through a challenging time and in the midst of it all a little friend of the family brings me a drawing saying that I'm the "Best Awnt Evr" I do have scriptures of thankfulness that run through my head, but also among the Psalms that play on up-in-there, is, "you take the good, you take the bad...."

Ahem. Excuse my tackiness, but here are my favorite excerpts:

"When the world never seems
to be living up to your dreams
it's time you started finding out
what everything is all about"

"You take the good, you take the bad,
You take them both and there you have
The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life."

"There's a time you got to go and show,
You're growin' now you know about
The Facts of Life, the Facts of Life.

"When the world never seems
To be livin' up to your dreams
And suddenly you're finding out
The Facts of Life are all about you,

"It takes a lot to get 'em right
When you're learning the Facts of Life."

"You'll avoid a lot of damages
And enjoy the fun of managing
The facts of life;
They shed a lot of light
If you hear them from your brother,
Better clear them with your mother
Better get them right,
Call her late at night"

"You got the future in the palm of your hands
All you gotta do to get you through is understand
You think you rather do without,
You will never make without the truth -
The facts of life is all about you."

Please do not ban me from your blog.