Eleven Years Ago

Posted On: 12.06.12


Eleven years ago, I walked into a bar. Not just a bar, but Prohibition. And I was with my law school girls and I was wearing black and swimming in Pinot, we all were. And the bar was almost empty, but we didn’t care. We girls lined up at the bar and ordered more wine, wine we didn’t need, but we wanted it because we were out and alive and blowing off a little steam before buckling down to study for finals. And I’ve told the story before, but soon, you were there by my side, gorgeous as ever, smiling. And we talked. About soccer and life and law school. You told me you’d just moved to the city, my city. We talked and talked.

That was it. Soon, you were surprising me with flowers and Diet Mountain Dew while I studied. Somehow, I made it through my finals and did well even though my mind was a happy mess, focused on you. Soon, we were fixtures on my old striped couch, knees touching, telling our stories. Our first months, and years really, were breathless and wine-soaked and wonderful. I remember them so fondly.

You swear to me that I made you agree to having at least three kids very early on. This makes me cringe because what was I doing talking about our future family when we were really still very much in the courtship stage? I guess I knew. We knew.

And we did. We knew. Here we are. Eleven amazing and blurry and hard and incredible years later. Years in which we’ve felt pain and changed jobs and moved homes and brought three beautiful people into the world. And these beautiful people? They exhaust us to no end, but they are also everything to us. They are our story now. And what an exquisite story it is.

Yes, I am tired. But more importantly, I’m in love. More so than ever. I thank my lucky stars I walked into Prohibition that night.

forevs, A

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13 Comments for: "Eleven Years Ago"
  1. JHL

    I love this. And I love the picture.

  2. Jen

    This is so wonderful. Love that you met in a bar!

  3. Congrats on this milestone, and the other one coming up in a couple of weeks! I think there’s something romantic about remembering these little anniversaries – the ones that so often get displaced by bigger ones as couples build their lives together.

  4. J

    Happy Meetaversary! Next week will be the 25th anniversary of my first date with my husband. 🙂

  5. Kristen

    Love this post! Today my husband and I are celebrating nine years of marriage…nine! This is one of my most favorite days of the year.

    Happy Meet-iversary!

  6. Sam

    I love this! I also met my husband right before I started studying for law school finals. It was second semester of my second year, and it was a blind date I had positively zero interest in going on (set up by our respective sisters who were 17 years old at the time, and high school best friends). But I did go, and also somehow got through finals and did well, even though I, too, had a happy mess of a brain.

  7. Jess

    Love this :). How has it been 11 years?!?!?!

  8. Such an adorable story, and I love the last lines of your letter – “They are our story now.” What a beautiful thought.

  9. Love, love, love this. Congratulations on this special anniversary. xo

  10. Beautiful letter. And isn’t it mind boggling to think of the what ifs? Fate sometimes seems to be everything.

  11. So wonderful! Makes me believe in fate. Someday…

  12. A belated Congrats on this special moment! Love the sentiment in this letter.

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