This is basically a love letter to my husband, but you are welcome to read if you want. Normally, I wouldn't probably publish this, but at some future date, I want my posterity to know how I really felt. I am not, and have never been, ashamed of my love, and gratitude, for him. Therefore, I'm not afraid of putting it allllllll over the internet. ;)
Dear Terry (nmi) Pyle,
We've made it. We are officially old people that have been married for a really long time. Twenty five years have gone by in the blink of an eye! We've made it through a move or two, and have added a kid or two (or five), and yet we still love each other. That's good.
I still marvel at the fact that you stuck with me in the beginning. My baggage was piled pretty high, and there were a lot of layers to peel through, but somehow, you saw the good, and waited for it to come back again. I appreciate that so much. We are so different, you and I. In some respects, polar opposites; in others, just opposite enough for it to be annoying. I'm not known for my order, you have a place for everything. I tend to just leave things where I take them off, you always put them away. I'm chronically late, you are always early. I leave "creative" messes whenever I'm crafty, and you always put your stuff away when you are done using it. You like cold, I like hot. You like Montana, I do not. I could stay in bed all day, you have to get up and do something. I subsist on candy, you like meat and potatoes. I like to go places, you prefer to stay home.
But we always agree on one thing. We need each other.
I'm grateful that you see my shortcomings, but pretend you don't. I'm grateful that when I'm feeling discouraged, you are my biggest cheerleader. I'm grateful you support me in anything that I want to do. I'm grateful that you are always looking out for my needs, and even sometimes, my wants. I'm grateful that you are gentle when you need to admonish me, and I'm grateful that you love me enough to care about admonishing me.
I think that sometimes, you have every right to be angry with me. When I'm getting after you, I can be pretty blunt. Be instead of being offended that I'm being a little to...... me, you thank me for my "encouragement". You are simply amazing.
You know I need you now and forever. Thank heavens we have eternity.
All my love,