by Debra on March 6, 2012

Musical pairing – When I Fall In Love by Celine Dion and Clive Griffon

Happy Anniversary Professor . . . you are the love of my life, my true North, my rock, my best friend . . . it is hard to believe that 14 years have come and gone . . . And I wouldn’t trade them for all the money in the world because really, what we have . . . what we share . . . cannot be purchased with any amount of money, silver or gold . . .

That Spring day 14 years ago was unusually warm, in the 60s I believe, and the sun was out in full force; I spent my day leisurely preparing for our evening wedding. You, I believe, worked.  A simple wedding, we managed to pull it together in 10 days . . . everything seemed to fall together effortlessly: the tiny, white-steeple church on the college campus, your good friend and minister who married us, the small but perfect white cake was decorated with nothing but flowers. Even the flower girl, our niece Avery, exclaimed, ‘I have waited my whole life to be a flower girl!’ (she was 5 . . .)

You picked me up around 6 and we drove the half-mile to the church in a silver Honda Civic; one of my friends took family photos, and since none of my family could attend the wedding, my co-workers banded together, decorated the church, arranged the music and helped make our day special. Your parents arranged a small reception at the local Country Club . . . and when the ceremony was over, my new father-in-law walked towards me and said, ‘Welcome to the family!’ And I have felt welcomed every. single. day . . .

Together we have watched nieces and nephews graduate high school and grandbabies born, we have buried grandparents, uncles, cousins, a parent and just last year, a grandchild; we’ve celebrated birthdays, milestone anniversaries. 14 years of New Years, Valentine’s Days, Easters, Mother’s Days, Memorial Days, Father’s Days, 4th of July’s, Labor Days, Halloweens, Thanksgivings and Christmases . . . 14 years of cooking for people and welcoming those who come into our home with arms wide open. Tender sweet memories, rich with stories of tears and laughter, failures and triumphs, deep sadness and overwhelming joy come flooding back today as if they happened last week . . .

You changed my life Professor, turned it upside down and together we have created a life that I could not possibly dream for myself . . . I am happy, I am content, I am ‘full-to-the-brimmels’ as niece Lydia would say . . .

You betwixt me body and soul Professor . . . here’s to another 14 years . . .



© 2012, Debra. All rights reserved.

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Baker Street March 19, 2012 at 2:02 am

Love your concoction. Using lemon thyme was a brilliant idea.

Happy Anniversary!


Barbara March 13, 2012 at 11:53 am

Loved this, Debra!
Happy Anniversary!


Lael Hazan @educatedpalate March 9, 2012 at 6:53 am

I raise a glass of your beautiful punch to you, to marking time, and to making memories! May there be many such sweet anniversaries in your future!


Ken│hungry rabbit March 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

Happy Anniversary Debra, congrats on 14 glorious years with the professor and many many more years to come. Your love for each other always shows through in your blog brilliantly.


Brian @ A Thought For Food March 7, 2012 at 8:19 am

Awwwwwwwwwwww… I think I could have filled a bucket with the tears I just shed. So beautiful. Can’t wait to hug you two!


Lana March 7, 2012 at 2:52 am

I am a sap for a romantic and true love story and your words brought me to tears, those happy, sappy tears:) Congratulations, my dear friend! I wish you and the Professor a hundred more years together, all filed with more joy, laughter, and happiness. You are a kind and warm human being and you deserve to be loved, cherished, and respected:) Cheers to both of you!


Sara{OneTribeGourmet} March 6, 2012 at 10:50 pm

WOW Debra Congratulations to you guys!!! Cheers!


Katy (KatySheCooks) March 6, 2012 at 9:40 pm

So sweet — congratulations you two!
(TEN days? you pulled a wedding together in 10 days? you guys weren’t messin’ around!)


bridget {bake at 350} March 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

What a BEAUTIFUL post. ♥ cheers.


Amanda March 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Beautiful. *blissful sigh* :)


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