This is for my wonderful husband and soulmate, Dave, on our 22nd anniversary.
"All we are is all that love brings,
We spin as the highest star spins,
We get hearts on fire and in love..."
(Excerpt from All We Are by Kim Mitchell, our wedding song at Dave's request because it was the song playing in the background when he proposed. If you want to know more about the Man from Glad's proposal, check out this entry.)
To celebrate this milestone, we are going on a double date with Mark and Valerie. We're planning to meet at the MicMac Tavern for a late lunch/early supper, go for a walk in the lovely trails of Dartmouth's Shubie Park (online pdf map of the park), then go see a movie. I was originally thinking of seeing The Hangover. Sara tells me it's quite funny and I haven't seen a good comedy for a while. But we've decided instead to see A Perfect Getaway, which is premiering this weekend, because The Hangover isn't playing at any times that suit us. I'd like to see Julie & Julia, but Dave and Mark have as much interest in watching that as they do in watching paint dry!
When writing my Gratitude Friday entry yesterday, Dave was the first thing that came into my mind. I am grateful, honoured, privileged to have shared more than two decades of my life with this amazing and wonderful man. He is both gently loving and fiercely devoted...he understands my moods and quirks more than anyone in the world. To be married to someone who still openly delights in my company after all these years is such an incredible gift. I marvel that I am blessed to have so much love in my life. In his presence, I feel brave and beautiful, I feel free to let my inner child run wild, I feel confident enough to voice my innermost thoughts. Here are a couple photos of me and my beloved, taken during our vacation in Newfoundland last month.
~ Kahlil Gibran, from The Prophet
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.