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My Biggest Success

Today marks sixteen years
Twenty one job changes shared
Five moves,
Enough to make any person dizzy
Buffalo to New Orleans
New Orleans to Buffalo
Buffalo to Atlanta
Atlanta to Buffalo to Atlanta again.
Four children added to the mix
With three dogs,  a hermit crab, and a bunch of fish
One motorcycle
Eight vehicles
Cars, trucks, and vans
Countless hours traveled
On beloved country roads
Ups and downs
Twists and turns
Around and arounds
We have seen so very much
The years have gone by
Almost instantaneously
The laughter
Is measureless, and
Quite possibly the glue
Of our marriage
Marks sixteen years
I have been his Mrs
And he has been my Mr
It’s one of the greatest
Of my life




When we were married, exactly fifteen years ago today, we exchanged simple golden bands.  Not long after, during the cold winter in Buffalo, Michael lost his ring.   While I was sad that he’d lost his band it was ok because I had given him a ring for Valentine’s Day 1995.   He loved that sterling silver ring, and we agreed that he should wear that in its stead.

The marquis diamond engagement ring I wore, however, was fake.  That’s been my sordid little secret for a long, long time.  I don’t have a diamond, and that’s ok.  It’s really, really ok. Even the big bling I currently wear isn’t real.  It’s a fun, big, diamond-like ring, but it’s not a real diamond.   It’s costume jewelery.

My gold band and Michael’s silver band are the real deal, though.   They are fifteen years real. They have their surface scratches, and there have been times when swollen fingers prevented a perfect fit, but they have also withstood so, so much.   They are worn even when they aren’t; that’s just how real they are.   They are the circles that represent endlessness.   They are circles that are a token of our undying love for one another.

Fifteen years is a long time.  Fifteen years is easy.  Fifteen years is hard.  Fifteen years, and it’s very much worth every turn of the circle.

“Now place the ling on his hand. A ling is like a circle, it goes on forever. It’s not like a triangle, triangle have corners. It’s like a circle.”

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