We’d both graduated from college; Lee was living and teaching in Gainesville, Georgia and I was living/working about 30 minutes away in the neighboring county. We’d been dating about six years by then and saw each other almost every day.
He lived in a basement apartment, and the surrounding yard was often full of beautiful flowers. One afternoon I came over to his home and there was a bowl on the table with a gorgeous white flower floating inside. Lee had cut it from a plant in the yard that morning and said it was for me.
“What’s the special occasion?” I asked.
“Every time you come over it’s a special occasion,” he said.
And I remember thinking that if a lazy afternoon together is special, even after six years of dating, then I should marry this man.
I think every day with him is special too. But 10 years ago today was particularly special – the day we said “I do.”
And we still do.