23 years ago today, my husband and I got married and we had a brilliant day. I can remember beaming all day as everytime I looked around, there was someone that I cared about, wishing us well and that I did not want it to end. It was a beautiful, sunny autumnal day and everything went to plan on the day, then we had three glorious weeks in the Florida Keys. We were both younger, and slimmer, then and we had no idea what life had in store for us. We were together for 6 years as a married couple before Joshua arrived on the scene, to change our lives forever. Those two people in the 30s who made those vows 23 years ago, had no inkling how much their relationship was going to be tested years later.
I look back at our wedding photograph album every year and love to see the smiling faces. Sadly too many important men in those photographs are no longer here with us : my dad, my husband’s grandad and father and my boss. But they were all a big part of my memories of our special day : My Dad turned me down flat when I suggested that we had a small drink to steady our nerves before we got into the wedding car. He introduced the DJ at the reception as a ” man who plays records for dancing” and both of those memories now make me smile and I remember my father very fondly.
We were married on my niece’s second birthday and so today we are having a family party to celebrate, rather unbelievably, her 25th birthday. Both anniversaries are indicators of the passage of time and show us how much life changes. Joshua was not even a twinkle on 14th of October 1995, and now here he is, a tall and handsome teenager who makes his presence felt every day.
So let’s look forward to the next 23 years together, it is hard to think that they can possibly hold as many surprises as the first 23!