Our Anniversary

I got a pair of clippers and a rag from the barn.  Fate and Zinnia followed me  to the back pasture where the Rose Multiflora is blooming.

I’ve been picking flowers  from the fields and gardens every other day for Jon.   It’s become ordinary. Today’s had to be special.

We’ve been married 14 years today.

The number of years isn’t a lot compared to other people we know our age who have been married for 40 years or more.  But it’s not about the numbers for me.  These years with Jon have been the best of my life. They have been so full, they out weigh all the years  before them.

As if the past is a shadow, a ghost in comparison.

A few days ago Jon wrote a piece about Love on his blog.  From what I’ve seen and heard, Love means different things to different people.  It’s more a matter of finding the person who wants the same from it.

In one paragraph Jon defined the love that he and I have for each other.  His piece was the best I’ve ever read about what Love means.

From the beginning, we embraced the challenge of helping the other heal while doing the same things for ourselves and preserving each other’s individuality and independence. That was what was different about us. We didn’t wish to change the other but to free the other, to light the spark that led to the fire that led to living the lives we wanted to live.”

What a gift, not just the words but that we get to live them.

Jon and I talked about doing something for our anniversary.  Maybe we’ll go to a movie and lunch this weekend.  Or maybe we’ll sit under the apple tree and watch the robins dig worms and bring them back to their nest, marvel at the barn swallows as they dive and swoop low over the marsh, and listen to the song of the redwing blackbirds as they perch on the cattails.

Yesterday Jon tried to bring back some of the blossoms from the Rosa Multiflora from the pasture.  But the thorns bit his fingers and the blossoms too easily lost their petals.

This morning I clipped the flowers that still had lots of life in them and held their thorny stems with the rag.

Back at the house I put them in a jar with water and gave them Jon, once again lighting the spark that makes us who we are, together and apart.

8 thoughts on “Our Anniversary

  1. Happy Anniversary to you both! Wishing you you many more happy, healthy years together! ❤️

  2. Maria,
    This is one of my favorite photos. Love and beauty and intimacy and ease and trust and sweetness and vulnerability radiate from both of you. Thank you for trusting us with your heart and soul showing up.

    1. Thank you Carol. It was such a spontaneous thing for us to do. Jon looked so cute in his hat I thought we should take a picture together. :)

  3. Happy Anniversary Maria and Jon! Love both of your blogs and I feel lucky to share a glimpse into your creative lives.

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