Happy Anniversary

Today is my 13th wedding anniversary (14 years together total) Every day I wake up next to this man and wonder, "How did I get so lucky?"

When we met I was a mess. I was in a job that I couldn't stand and wondering what I wanted to do with my life.

Then I met my husband.

My world changed that day even though I didn't know it at the time.

He was put into my life for a reason and I am so glad he was.

How did you two meet?

Well, in short I was his boss/supervisor. I was working at Home Depot as a Front End Cashier at the time and he had just started as a Lot Attendant part-time. The day he started I was in a foul mood and really didn't want to deal with any shit from anyone. A fellow cashier called on the radio and said, "There's an angry looking man looking for a head cashier." I spent the next 10 minutes circling the store trying to avoid him. He finally caught up and said he was the new lot guy and my bitchiness subsided a little. At least he wasn't a pissed off customer, right?

By the end of shift that day I knew that this guy was something special and I needed to get to know him better. I noticed a few other females that worked there took a shine to him as well. Being that I was in charge of them as well, I took it upon myself to remind them that dating a co-worker was against company policy. In the very next breath I decided to break company policy. There was just something about him and at the time I couldn't put my finger on it.

Did we finally hook up?

It took a while but of course we did. I nagged him until he agreed to go to karaoke with a group from work, which was not an easy feat considering he didn't drink and seriously didn't want to hear drunk people who thought they could sing screech out a classic rock tune. He finally caved and we had a great time. We were together pretty much all the time when not at work after that.

Did you think it would work out in the long run?

To be honest, I wasn't sure. When we met he didn't want to get involved with anyone that had kids and he didn't want to deal with a smoker. I had a kid and I smoked like a chimney It must have been my womanly charm that vetoed those requirements because 14 years later we have two kids and I still smoke like a chimney.

Do you have a happily ever after?

YES, emphatically YES! I am not an easy person to deal with and when my husband took the plunge with me he really did mean "in sickness and health". He has been by my side through all kinds of medical issues from a minor cold to major surgery. He has been my rock through a myriad of neurological issues like epilepsy and a recently diagnosed condition called Misophonia (that has plagued me since I was young but just didn't have a name).

Would you do it all over again?

This is my second marriage in my 35 years and while I would run screaming from the room if someone had asked me that about my ex-husband, I can honestly say that I would definitely, without a doubt, do this all over again. I seriously feel that the first marriage that I went through, however short it was, was to teach me patience and forgiveness and put me in a place where I was a better woman and overall person when I met my current husband. He truly is my soulmate and I am forever grateful that he was dropped in my life at a time when I needed him the most.

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