But I know that I am really lucky.
Today, for Valentines Day, Hayden recreated our legendary first picnic together: Summer 2004, Moonlight Cinema, Melbourne botanical gardens. As he spread the picnic blanket with wine and food he'd spent the day preparing, Hayden asked me: "You're not vegetarian are you?" And I could see all the trouble he'd gone to and answered: (gulp) "... no, of course not." And it wasn't a lie; from that point on I really was an omnivore. Today's menu is one of my favourites: roast chicken stuffed with semi-dried tomatoes, rocket leaves and cous cous salad. This time, though, it was an indoor picnic as the ground outside is still completely wet and muddy.
Obviously ~ there are ups and downs. Things happen to us, and other things fail to happen, and the circumstances test us. We might just now, Hayden and I, be getting a sense of all the things that can happen during a marriage, and how it will last and bounce back and carry on, always growing stronger.
I'm wishing you a happy Valentine, too.