Some 12 years ago this past May, I had a really good week. The months preceding that week had been difficult (understatement). My first marriage had come to an end and my father had passed away from cancer. So a good week was really welcomed. Wednesday of that week was an outing to Lazer Tag. I can't recall if it was a Jaycee outing or a work outing. Hell, I don't even remember if anyone got outed. I remember meeting Bill Gates for the first time that Thursday. Friday was a good night for dinner and drinks with friends at a bar.
But it was Saturday that changed my life. I get tears in my eyes just writing that. Memories can be tough bastards. Anyway, I got up early to go to a Jaycee project of reclaiming a park in a poor neighbor hood. The park had been destroyed by hurricane Hugo. As we gathered in a parking lot for the ride to the work site, I noticed a cute girl that I had not seen before. I wanted to talk to her, but kept my distance. Why, I don't know. We didn't speak until close to the end of the morning's work. I invited her to come have lunch with the crew (since she was new and all), and she accepted.
The next week or so we met again after a Jaycee meeting and she gave me her number. I still have the sheet of paper that she wrote it on. I still have the girl, too. To shorten what could be a very long story, we dated, I moved to Seattle forever and came back after 6 months. We were married on August 29, 1998.
These have been the most wonderful 10 years of my life. We've had so many adventures and wonderful times. Baseball and Boston, Rome and Waterfalls, and "putting our feet up" and sometimes, just a poke in the ribs have all been made more special through sharing them with her. We've held each other up through the tough times of seeing friends and family members pass. We've picked up a house and a couple dogs along the way to making that house a home.
I spend a lot of time on the road, but there is no place I'd rather be than home with my wife. Dr. K has become the best thing that has ever happened in my life and I am so grateful for all that put me in the right place and time to meet her and for all that has happened since. I can't imagine life without her.
Thanks Honey! Now let's start 10 more.