January 09, 2006
Coming of Age Day
My calendar tells me today is "Coming of Age Day" in a country abbreviated simply "J."
Maybe even Jutland?
Or perhaps Jugoslavia? That doesn't exist anymore, does it?
What's certain is that in our house today, "J" stands for January 9th. Our 13th wedding anniversary. Every year, those enormous, momentous promises made in 1993 seem like a better and better decision. A Coming of Age indeed. A paradigm shift. A total entrusting of body and soul, for the first time. A lifelong investment in a radical, deep love that keeps giving back. Dividends sprout daily.
This morning I had trouble getting out of bed. After 13 minutes (yes, thirteen), I managed to drag myself out by the hair and go wake up our son for school. He wasn't too happy about it either. "It's not fair" is his mantra chanted for all events involving homework or school. I feel for him, but there you go. Anyway, I tried to cheer him by pointing out this was the very first Monday in 2006 that he'd had to go to school, and it was already the...the 9th!! I went running back into our bedroom to catch David for a kiss before he stepped into the shower, and wish him happy returns of the day. Suddenly I was full of smiles and energy. I haven't come back down yet.
I went into the kitchen to make hot chocolate for Jason and myself, and while it was heating, trotted to the music computer (containing MP3's of all our CDs, which I believe are somewhere in Colorado at this point) and prepared a playlist for the day: K's Romantic. Songs like:
Steven Curtis Chapman: We Belong Together (Tarzan and Jane), 11-6-64, We Will Dance, You've Got Me,I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles), Echoes of Eden , With Every Little Kiss, Miracle of You
Amy Grant: Lucky One, Say You'll be Mine, Whatever it Takes
Lover's Waltz (Garrison Keillor)
Wayne Watson: 2 Loves
Susan Ashton: Love Profound, Send a Message, No Remedy for Love
Sade: Your Love is King, No Ordinary Love
Rebecca St. James: Wait for Me
Charlie Peacock: What's it Like in Your World
With songs about God's love sprinkled in, to remind myself what Real Love is (like Your Love Reaches Me, from the burn service), about giving not taking. God's love is our model, the way it's really done, to last. But He also made us romantic people, who get caught up in the spirit of the moment, with passion and gusto. I am persuaded it is a taste of our relationship with Him, a precious sampling of the intertwining of loyalty, security, service and heart-on-fire effervescence that will be seeing Him face to face, made holy by His hand, for Himself.
Thank you for marrying me, David. You are the joy of my life.
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All the best, and not only on anniversaries.
Posted by: Martin LaBar | Jan 9, 2006 2:39:45 PM
Very, very cool. Congratulations! You both are a very complimentary (of each other) couple ;).
And just as an FYI and not that it really matters but because Kira came running in yesterday saying "tomorrow is Coming of Age Day in Japan!" being excited about it for some reason I have now forgotten. Here's a link: http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2280.html
Posted by: randall | Jan 9, 2006 4:07:21 PM
Happy Anniversary Katherine and David! And Many, Many more blessed years of Marriage together. I like your music choices for today.
Posted by: Melene | Jan 9, 2006 5:33:15 PM
Happy Anniversary to you both. May you enjoy many years of effervescent bliss!
Posted by: Jennifer Knighton | Jan 10, 2006 2:07:35 AM
Thanks Martin, Randall, Melene and Jennifer!
And thanks, Kira, for solving the country mystery...I knew SOMEONE out there would tell me :-) Glad to know it's Japan.
David and I had a nice dinner out at a restaurant called "Les Bains" - the old bathhouse from 1770 (that's very recent around here). Long narrow corridors of individual dining "shower rooms" surrounding a palm-treed courtyard with goldfish pond.
Posted by: Katherine | Jan 10, 2006 7:39:09 AM
At Christian Aid Mission's staff meeting yesterday, after hearing all sorts of things we needed to pray for (and did with whole hearts) I decided to mention your 13th wedding anniversary as a joyful thing to end the meeting on, and made everyone laugh when I said I was not sure you two would even make it to the reception! But you did, and I loved every minute of your special day, the vows you made, and keep, to God and each other! I love you both so very much. And your dad was always very proud of you, and still is, I am sure! Hugs and kisses, Mom
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Jan 10, 2006 6:37:00 PM
Remember, that your David is an answer to the prayer we prayed when you were four, for a husband kept by Him especially prepared for you...and someone like your daddy. I will never forget that day. And it only took 14 years for the answer to come into your life, right on time, when you were ready for him! God is sooooo great!
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | Jan 10, 2006 6:42:53 PM
Ron and I play a song from our wedding. Greg Long's "I Promise You."
Makes me cry every time.
Posted by: Leah | Jan 13, 2006 1:42:39 AM