Friday, August 14, 2009

Saturday is a Special Day


Saturday will be special day around here...it’s our 28th wedding anniversary!  We are happier today than at any other moment in our lives...we are blessed.  


We have three beautiful children, an awesome son-in-law, and a granddaughter. It’s hasn’t been easy. For years, we both had head to the ground...Scott building his career, and me, at home, taking care of the kids and homemaking. We decided it would be this way, even before the ring was on my finger. It was never easy to be a one income family, but we made it work.


Twenty-five years later, roaming around Paris, without a blackberry, cell phones, children, relatives, friends, TV, or radio, we realized, that was THE KEY TO THE TRIP. It was a fascinating experience, to have absolutely no demands on us, and no interruptions for 10 days. We had no schedule.  There was no need to shop, the best things in Paris are free, or close to it.  




Our minds were at rest.  There was time to think...to dream.



Our conversations were about art, history, architecture, and by day four, we spent time looking at apartment pics in real estate windows. How fun to dream...how fun to lay at night in the tiny apartment, and redecorate it together, telling each other what few items we would bring back with us, if we had to live in 400 sq. ft. I learned so much about Scott in those days. Even after 25 years, there was still so much I didn’t know.


I asked him the other day, that considering the present state of the economy, did he wish we had the money we’d spent on our trips to Paris in our bank account. He said, and I quote...


“I wouldn’t exchange those experiences for all the money in the world.”


This statement says a lot.  Scott was diagnosed with cancer after we returned from our second trip in 2007. Going through that experience certainly taught me to enjoy life now...don't keep waiting for the perfect time for everything...just do it!  We all know we aren't promised a tomorrow, but do we live like it?  I certainly don't throw caution to the wind in everything, but I'm learning to let go a little.  


By the way, Scott is fine now, and doing well.  His positive attitude was amazing.  


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So Scott, here’s to you, the most generous husband I know in all the world. Thank you for falling in love with Paris, even more than I did.



Thank you that you see the importance of NOW, not wanting us to wait until we are old and gray to travel.


Thank you for working so hard to provide for myself and the kids, who at times, must seem like baby birds, looking up to you with mouths open. You meet all our needs with such a generous spirit.


Thank you for being such a Godly man. Your example has been excellent. Your steadfastness, a comfort.


And finally, thank you for always making me feel like I’m the only person in your universe.



Je t’aime.

Bon Anniversaire.

Teri



How will we spend our anniversary...dinner and a movie... "Julie and Julia" of course!!!!!!

What is that strange concoction in my glass??  Something so French...stay tuned.

The top photo was a beautiful sight we saw one afternoon at Place de la Concorde.  



7 comments:

*The Beautiful Life* said...

Teri. How can words express how reading this post makes me feel.... ?

Suffice to say, tears are streaming down my face.

Knowing Scott as I do, well, the little that I do, I can certainly see these qualities in him and watching his steely outward strength as he walked through his time with the cancer/treatment, etc... I was amazed....

This post is incredibly touching, incrediblly moving....

Happy Anniversary to you both!!!

P.S. -- The drink? Pastis? Pernod?

Love,
Ruth

The Flying Bee said...

Happy Anniversary! I love the pics! So, glad to hear that Scott is well. Enjoy your special day!

Adrienne

char said...

Happy Aniversary to you both. Scott is indeed a generous husband. He is a reflection of you and you are a reflection of him. You both have built your lives together and it is so much fun to watch you both now. Things were't easy for you in the beginning and as always success is sweeter when you climb the ladder together. Well done!
Mom

Bonjour Madame said...

What a lovely tribute. Happy Anniversary to you both. You are so right, you can't put things on hold and it's the experiences that matter, not things.

Diane said...

You and Scott are such a wonderful example of how to live life well.
Have a blessed anniversary tomorrow!

celiajuno said...

Happy Anniversary. I hope you had a wonderful day.

I loved this post.

Anonymous said...

Teri, I am just getting caught up on your Paris blog. You have me teary-eyed first thing Saturday morning! What a beautiful tribute to your lives together. I love it! I may just have to check out some Italy travel sites today..... :-)

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