KNOWING LOVE


This is a picture of my wife at 4 years old.

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Every time I look at this picture, I smile and think to myself, “I wish I’d known her then. I would’ve been her friend!” Seriously, I would’ve friended her so hard. lol I would’ve rode bikes, made mud pies, endured protracted doll activites, discovered bugs in the yard, and listened to every fantastic tale her young mind could conjure. I would’ve done all of it. Gladly.

I used to lament the fact that I didn’t know her when she was younger. That is, until I understood something very important…

She is still that little girl.

That 4-year-old little girl lives inside of her. And every time she shares with me stories of her childhood, or introduces me to cousins she used to visit in the summer, or I sit and watch while she reminisces over faded, old photos of Canadian farmland, I learn more about her 4-year-old self… and her 13-year-old self… and any other year-old versions of her that I may not have witnessed firsthand. And I fall in love with each and every one of them.

Because they are all still there.

As I picture this beautifully blonde, rambunctiously creative, spirited little girl, I realize that I love and have loved… all of her, throughout time. It is impossible to separate the woman she is, from the girl she was. They are one and the same.

So I no longer wish I’d known her at 4-years-old, because… I do. I know her as a preteen in the school performance at Play Mountain Place. I know her as the high school graduate who set off on her first year at UC Santa Cruz. I know her as the coed who took a summer trip to a lake house with friends. And I know her as the woman who bought her first house in Pasadena. I know… HER.

Instead, I now wish that I will continue to know her until she’s 104-years-old. Because I can’t imagine a more amazing gift than over a century of knowing and loving someone like her.

Happy Valentines Day, my love. ❤

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9 thoughts on “KNOWING LOVE

  1. This was so sweet, totally loved it! Happy heart day to you both!

    • Thank you! It is always my hope that at least one person will be moved by something I’ve written. So glad you loved it! I will have to visit your blog. 🙂

      • Yeah and I hope to read more of your writing. It’s important to recognize the little things about your partner. Feel free to check out my blog also, I too try to reach people by what I write. 🙂

      • Very true. I am very thankful for my wife and the incredible woman she is. I tell her this often. 🙂 As far as my writing, I’m *trying* to post more frequently and hoping that will actually happen in 2017. lol

  2. LaNeshe (Nesheaholic.com)

    This is so sweet!

  3. This is such a beautiful post… She looked pretty then and I wish you posted her recent pic here too…

  4. Lucy

    Such a loving thought. So sweet. Glad you found what so many of us are looking for.

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