Celebrating 12 years of marital happiness usually does not draw a big celebration–not like 10 or 25 or 50.
But for some reason, this one feels especially good to me. Jonathan and I celebrate today (and we remember that we were friends for six years before, so we have been in each other’s lives for 18 years).
We have no big plans, just meeting for dinner tonight at our favorite diner, Joe’s Inn on Shields Street. Sometimes, it is just the simple, comfortable things that feel right.
I also think I am feeling especially good because I sense a shifting tide in the country, indeed in the world. I truly believe that we will be legally married in Virginia in 10, or 15, years. Maybe even sooner.
We debate going to Maine or another New England state to do this, and we may. But I know it will matter most when we can do it at home.
The truth is, of course, that whatever the authorities say, we are married. God brought us together, and God blesses us today.
That is more than enough reason to celebrate. I may even eat dessert!