It's a question most newlyweds ask themselves, half laughing, half dreaming after the vows are said and the bind is legal; "I wonder where we'll be in 20 years?" Asking and never imagining the twisty turny journey of the years ahead where the brave hold fast and a deeper love transcends expectation.
Hubby and I will spend our 20th anniversary in San Antonio, bringing our only child to her college orientation. Texas would've been my last guess on my wedding day. Just a year prior to our wedding we had fled the great state of Texas after a failed grad school adjustment at Baylor. It's a hard transition at 21, from liberal Boston to ultra conservative Waco back in the day of the Branch Davidians. But here we are. Yankees turned Texans. With a Southern child who says y'all, loves her guns and cowboy boots. I wouldn't have it any other way.
I've never not known my husband. We grew up across the street from each other, went to the same high school, went to proms together but not as each other's date. We went on double dates together, but not as each other's date- even though we'd be playing footsie with each other under the table. It wasn't until one June when we were both home from college that we started seeing each other as more than just friends. We figured it was just a summer thing, an odd curiosity, an unusual blip in our life long friendship. But once September arrived and we returned to our separate colleges, we simply couldn't shake the idea of "us". Four years later, we married. My mother swore it would never last.
Twenty years seems like forever when you are 23, but as we all know it zips by with bullet speed and suddenly what was once the fodder of late night discussions is now all written in a shared history. Looking back, it was twenty years of magical memories and grueling challenges. No matter what we faced, we always stood by each other, defended one another, and put our selfishness aside to be certain we stayed strong as parents, friends, and partners. Marriage is hard work but yields great reward. And so on our 20th anniversary, as we sip margaritas on the River Walk, I can't help but ask my Hubby, "I wonder where we'll be in 20 years?"
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