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I never needed love

Remember after we first met in grade 11, how we’d sit next to each other on the school bus with our knees touching? We’d share the earphones from your walkman and we’d listen to “When I’m With You” by Sheriff all the way to school. Rewind. Listen again. Rewind. And again.

Like I need you

Remember how you thought my name was Becky for a whole week after you met me? You were afraid to call me by name, because you weren’t quite sure if you’d heard me right when I introduced myself. Finally your sister told you that she was sure my name was Vicky and not Becky. You call me Vick. I prefer Vick.

And I never lived for nobody

Remember how you asked me to “go out” with you after that first dance in September 1988? I said, “yeah sure, I guess so.” You said something about your poor bruised ego. When you asked the question I was trying to act aloof. I really wanted to climb to the top of the highest roof and scream “yes! I want to be your girlfriend! I am so madly, deeply in love with you I could probably throw my body from this rooftop, if you’d just ask me again! Yes! And yes!

But I live for you

Remember how we’d spend hours and hours driving around in your dad’s truck, just talking? Even at 16 years old we had deep, meaningful conversations about our dreams for the future. How we wanted a family some day. How we were going to get married and be together forever. We knew all the way back then. We still have some of our best conversations in the car when we’re driving long distances. They’re some of my favourite times spent with you.

Ooh babe

Remember standing in the bathroom at your Mom’s house staring at that pregnancy test after our trip to Banff? Remember we cried, because we were only 19 and how were we going to do this? I remember feeling that first twinge of happiness too, because at that moment I knew there were now two people in my life to love. I thought you might have felt that way too. After Zeenee was born I knew. You give perfect Dads a bad name. You are the best one.

Lost in love is what I feel

Remember how we struggled financially those first years? We rolled pennies for milk. We worked for ridiculously low wages. We fought a lot. I finished school after Zeenee was born. Then you went to school so you wouldn’t have to spend your life working for minimum wage. You worked two jobs AND went to school! How did you live through that? How were you able to be such a good husband and father back then? You were. Things are so much better now, but I’ll never forget how hard you worked for us. I admire you for that.

When I’m with you

Remember July 27th, 1991? I wore an ivory maternity dress and you had a perm! At the Devonian Gardens in Calgary, in front of 50 friends and relatives, we promised to love, honour and cherish each other for evermore. So happy that day. I never thought I could be more madly in love with you than I was then. I am.

Maybe it’s the way you touch me
With the warmth of the sun
Maybe it’s the way you smile
I come all undone
Ooh babe
Lost in love is what I feel
When I’m with you

Happy 15th Anniversary Sweetie.

Vick

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10 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on July 27, 2006 at 5:12 pm

    You know me better then anyone so you know my grade 3 eductation limits my vocabulary, but that was beautiful. I love you more then the the first day we met.

    Cheap Bastard

  2. awwwww… happy anniversary..

  3. I’ve got the best son in the world, He’s got the best wife in the world and that gave me the best DIL in the world! Again, you have caused me to weep tears of joy and gratitude! I love you both and wish you the happiest anniversary with tons more to follow.

  4. Beautiful post! Happy anniversary … your romantic history sounds a little like ours … we also fell pg with our first when I was 19, did the whole school/broke student/young parents thing and loved every second of it 🙂

  5. that was so sweet and just so real!!
    Happy Anniversary!

    I met my hubby when I was 16 too, always dreamed of marrying him and now it has been almost 11 years for us too!

    congrats on living your dream together!!

  6. Some posts just give the reader such joy. That was one of them.

    Happy Anniversary to both of you and congratulations for not giving up when it was tough and for enjoying the ride to adulthood that you have shared.

  7. That is the sweetest thing I have ever read. Congratulations!

  8. What a beautiful post! Happy anniversary!

  9. Posted by Anonymous on August 8, 2006 at 8:49 pm

    Did you disappear? I haven’t seen a post in awhile here!

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