For many reasons, I never thought I’d get married. I thought I’d live my life alone, in a city apartment full of cats, and spend my time writing.
But in October 2005, I was lucky enough to marry my best friend. We’d known each other since high school, had lots of drama and breakups, but ended up back together in college. Even though by our wedding day we’d been together for 9 years (we were a bit slow on the marriage thing), I was still afraid that I’d walk down the aisle and find out that the whole thing was a joke. Thankfully, it wasn’t.
I don’t know how I got so lucky. Honestly. He is one of the smartest, kindest, and funniest people I know. He’s very shy in public, and I’m blessed that I get to know the real Hubs. We certainly have our differences, but I think that’s forced us to learn how to compromise and be more compassionate.
And then there’s The Kid. For many reasons, I never thought I’d be a mother. I didn’t think I deserved to be a mother. My pregnancy surprised me. And terrified me.
My son is 20 months old now. Every day, he teaches me a lesson about myself or about life. He forces me to look beyond myself, and to slow down. He taught me that work is not what’s most important in life. He taught me that it’s ok to dance when the urge strikes, even just for a few seconds. He is the most beautiful person I’ve ever known, and I’m so thankful that I’m his mama.
I hope that all of you are enjoying your Thanksgiving, and that you are able to spend it with the people you love.