Monday, June 05, 2006

twenty years ago...

today, I was in a frenzy most probably. I was finishing up my final exams in university and a few weeks away from getting married to my long time boyfriend. A year before that, he had proposed during a rainy long week-end camping trip. We had been dating for 7 years.

I so remember the first time I laid eyes on him. First day of CEGEP. He was sitting in front of me in a Creative Writing class. He had long hair, a moustache, a cowboy hat, an old worn out t-shirt with the sleeves cut off showing off his tanned muscular arms. I was instantly smitten. He had a bad boy edge I just couldn't resist. I made a point of getting to know him. I knew his class schedule by heart and would arrange it for us to go home together (an one hour bus/metro ride)as we lived in the same area. We even shared a locker. He had a girlfriend, but that didn't deter me. Slowly but surely I knew I was going to make him mine. So we became good frineds, worked on projects together, took the same classes, became lab partners. He was smart and fun and outgoing. I was only smart. Before I knew it, he dumped his girlfriend. We were still just friends. Then my 18th birthday came along. I was going downtown clubbing with a whole bunch of girlfriends to celebrate. Unbeknownst to me, they invited him along knowing I had a crush on him. Before the night was over, we had our first kiss. What a birthday present. And here I am soon about to celebrate my 27th birthday with him!!! Mind boggling. How much we've been through. How much we've done together. And amazed that we are still each other's best friend.

SSSOOOOO, I've been bugging him for a while. Twenty years married. We need to do something special. And we are!! Just got our plane tickets and we are indeed going to Vegas!!! Not somewhere I ever really wished to go but seems perfect right now. Got the babysitters, all of them, lined up. (Amazing how many people it takes to replace ONE mom). We are leaving for 3 nights. We are staying here. He's actually been invited to attend a convention there so there's this whole package of hotel/meals/entertainment going along with it. Yep, LONG airplane ride with NO kids. Going somewhere new. I'm a wee bit excited. We're even joking about possibly going to one of those quicky wedding chapels for a vow renewal. And getting ourselves new rings while there. It's not a long trip but who cares, it'll feel like we were gone forever and I think that after 3 days we'd miss the kids anyways. Just last night we were watching them swimming and we both sighed and looked at each other and smiled. We knew what both of us were thinking. We are so lucky. We have such a beautiful life. A home we built, 3 amazing kids we created and still being together.

7 comments:

nancy said...

I am all tingly with excitement for you both! You will have a blast, and if I know you well enough, YOU will maximize the 'fun' time just as much asyou may very well take just the right amount of 'down' time. Heck, a plane ride across the continent childfree sounds decadent enough to me.

I've been to Vegas once, quite something, can't wait to hear all about your trip.

Renewing vows? New rings? Sounds like too much fun!!

Safe and happy travels.

Oh, and two more words of which I am most envious : hotel sex.

Snack Mommy said...

Oooh, I just took the virtual tour....bad move on my part...it is stunning! You are going to have such a fantastic time.

Your husband would be pretty proud if he reads this post...you tell a beautiful story :~)

BeachMama said...

Happy almost Anniversary. You brought me to tears with your account of sitting by the pool.

You do have such a beautiful life and have been blessed in both partner and kids. I love hearing your story of how you fell in love, sounds divine.

I am sure you will have the greatest time in Vegas, I can't wait to hear all about it.

Silver Creek Mom said...

OH TM! I want to race across the river and HUG you in person.... This is AWESOME! I'm all tingly and excited for the both of you. I new you were going and just teasing us.

Have a blast, funny I was just saying to Jack...do you want to run away for the weekend and have hotel s*x? He laughed and said when do we leave?

Sigh...Jealous but you so deserve it!

Hugs
Sharon

Silver Creek Mom said...

OK I just looked at where you will be staying...I'm Fu*king jealous now!!!!

WOW...I've never stayed in a place like that.

We have to do coffee when you get back!

Northern Mom said...

When are you going?
I am insanly jealous!!!
Have a wonderful time and be sure that Elvis is the officiant when you renew your vows
Barb

THETHINKINGSQUARE said...

A couple I know went to Vegas in April. They had a blast. She said it was like
Disnyeland for adults. They would like to go again sometime.