20 YEARS WE’VE BEEN TOGETHER AND I LOVE YOU MORE NOW!
It’s truly hard to believe that 20 years ago today I first laid eyes on my wife in a dance club in Guam. I remember vividly walking into the club that night, I had just arrived, and as I walked along the dance floor I happened to glance over and saw pure radiance. The brilliance of her smile beamed through the dark glow of her surroundings and her grey eyes pierced through me (which I later found out were colored contacts), but in my attempt to remain cool, I quickly looked away and went to up the stairs to the second floor.
On the second floor I found the ideal spot to stare down at her and to plot how I’d get her away from her group so I could talk to her alone. In my lame attempts to be inconspicuous she spotted me, leaned over to her friend and said something and glanced suddenly up at me while her friend turned in curiosity but in an obvious attempt to see who I was.
I’d never had this happen before but I could feel the blood rushing to my face and I could only imagine if not for the darkened room and the distance between us how the glow of red on my face may have looked had she seen me at that moment. However, this created a bigger challenge for me because now having been spotted staring at her, left me nervous but wanting even more to meet her and I just knew I had to find some way to talk to her.
I headed down the stairs toward the bar to get a drink of water (yes I really got a water) because being anxious had dried my throat. Another girl was at the bar and I politely said hi to her and stood there while drinking my water. In the back of my mind I was trying to regain my composure and collect my nerves to just walk up to her and say something. I so much as expressed my intentions to the girl at the bar and when she found out who I was talking about she volunteered to ask her if I could join them because she knew her from school…I can’t begin to tell you the relief I felt then. The girl at the bar came back and told me that she would be willing to talk to me and so our 20 years began in the moment I said: “Hi, my name is Keven”.
Over the last twenty years we been through quite a bit but as it is today I can say without reservation that I’m deeply in love with my wife Marianne. I love her more today than I did the day we got married which was exactly one year later…to us anyway but that is a story about a typhoon and is long so I’ll save that one for later. When I look at my wife I am amazed at how much God loves me because he led me to that night where I met the most beautiful woman in the world to me. Anyone who knows us knows that we are passionate about our love for each other and for those of you who may think it’s just how we are in public…just ask my children how grossed out they are because we are always so affectionate.
It is only by the grace of God that I find myself so incredibly blessed to have such a wife. The Bible says that “he who finds a good wife, finds favor with the Lord”. I have favor with the Lord and although I don’t know why I do…I don’t care, I’m just glad that I do.
And to you my most beautiful wife; I could never hope to have the ability in words to express to you the love that I have for you. You have loved me when you should’ve walked away, you cared for me when I was working through my pain and although there were many times I wasn’t the man I should’ve been you loved me anyway. I can only say that I will love you for the rest of my life and I can’t even imagine a life without you in it. I want to get to the end more in love with you than I am even now and it is my firm intent to show you that love each and every day that we are blessed with no matter up or down, good or bad. It is you. I love you honey!