Twenty three years ago, today, amid a small hand full of friends and family on a golf course in Agoura Hills, California I said, "I will" to this woman. She has stuck with me through years of my maturing. She is low maintenance while I am high, she looks out for others while I'm usually consumed with myself, she makes my priorities hers while I insist that my priorities or of most importance!
An example of this is was today. I'm racing and she is sitting on a dusty trail waiting for a glimpse of me to run by, take pictures and cheer on from a distance. When I finished she made sure I got food, was taken to the medical tent due to my crash (details later in the race report) and went to find shade so we could eat. She carried the water, keys, phone and if that wasn't enough she also carried my medal. When we got back to our friends house she collected my stuff, got all the necessary medical needs to bandage my wounds and let me shower first.
This is my wife... everyone else first! Recently when both daughters were home, I walked into the kitchen where all three were laughing so hard they had tears in their eyes: It was a stupid joke; told by one of the girls. She thought it was funny. This is my wife... she does not like to sit on the front row of the church as the "pastor's wife" but prefers to sit on the back row and hold the hand of a woman dying of cancer. This is my wife... She gets up early, makes breakfast for the worship team, makes coffee for the church and then works in the nursery. This is my wife... she will tell the truth even if it hurts her badly, she will stay awake at night worrying about small stuff, she will make sure the girls have more money in their accounts than hers, she will tell me to ALWAYS pay for dinner when out with friends and gets mad if I don't. This is my wife... an amazing cook, a great travel companion, everyone's friend, keeps me in line and won't tell me what I want to hear but what I need to know. This is my wife... former film and television actress (Joy Leduc; you can Google her), professional ice skater with the Ice Follies (along with her entire family) and make-up artist... yep, that's how we met. But that's a hoa nutha story.
Happy Anniversary Joybells!