these ten years

This is a tribute to the man i call home. Ten years ago this day, we travelled to the water for our first date. We drove up PCH toward El Matador beach with his surfboard bungeed down in the back of his blue truck. I had all of my things packed for a move sitting in a corner of a warehouse at work and had no beach towel, so we stopped at a roadside market where I bought a hot pink towel that has followed us to each house we've lived in until I retired it this last move.We twice passed the sign on Malibu Highway that reads "27 Miles of Scenic Beauty". Whenever we refer to this anniversary we call it some variation of the 27 Miles of Scenic Beauty Date. A date so important in our history. B set off on foot for the waves a little while after we staked our claim in the sand. As he walked away from me, I felt giddy and giggly to myself about possibly kissing him at the end of the day. As he reached the shoreline, he promptly stepped into a hole and fell straight down-I think he cut himself on a rock. He was so embarrassed and I was laughing like crazy. I am that loathed person who can't hold in laughter at a topple. After a long day, he drove me to my girlfriend's house where I was sleeping temporarily. I had to lean in and give him a peck on the cheek. I had no idea how this was going to work if he was going to be so fracken* shy. It did work. It is working. Ten years later we are still laughing when the other falls-then we gently and carefully pick the other up and hold each other so close, so tight, with such safety and respect, and most of all, trust. We know that we are so lucky to have each other-to have outshined our own expectations-not of each other, but of ourselves. And now we have this beautiful baby boy to show for our hard work: our labor of true love and our gift to each other. We are home.


Blogger Swirly said...

Beauty, beauty and more beauty.

5/19/2006 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous gangie said...

aw--if that doesn't warm the cockles of one's heart, then that heart is made of stone. what a touching and beautiful story. thank you for sharing your innermost thoughts and feelings of your first date with that wonderful man. miles will love that story someday.

5/19/2006 09:44:00 PM  
Blogger Goddess of Leonie said...

oh gorgeous woman ~

that is so stunning~

and you know what?

it's my five year date ~ anniversary with C.

i was late ~ i was cattle mustering with my father and had to beg him to leave. i drove home, had a shower, then stuck my head out the window as i drove to town to "blow dry" it. we went to a deserted beach at sundown, sat in the sand and held hands. we kissed under the moonlight, and i wondered just who this man was and why i loved him already.


five years on, i'm still finding out, every.day.


5/19/2006 11:44:00 PM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Happy Day to the three of you!!!

5/20/2006 04:01:00 AM  
Blogger liz elayne said...

oh i love this insight into your beautiful relationship. a wonderful tribute to your husband and the love you share.

5/20/2006 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Marilyn said...

What a beautiful tribute.

5/20/2006 11:38:00 AM  
Blogger Ally Bean said...

congrats on ten happy years. such a lovely beginning.

5/20/2006 03:44:00 PM  
Blogger Colorsonmymind said...

Congratulations. Your story made me well with love and giggly feelings- you put it into words so beautifully.

5/20/2006 04:12:00 PM  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...


I heart Pixie & B!!!!

Such a wonderful, heartful story of love.

Look at your handsome men!

love you,
boho xoxoxo

5/21/2006 09:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sooo sweet. what a great story...

5/21/2006 09:52:00 PM  
Blogger OmmmMaggie said...

Well, it's late of me, but I couldn't help commenting on how lovely it was, and what an inspiration you and Brandon are to me. I hope your trip to HI was incredible, can't wait to hear all about it today! XOXOXO

6/25/2006 10:13:00 AM  

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