My husband and I have been together for over 25 years now, and we are celebrating our wedding anniversary with a big party next month, and then a small weekend getaway at a B&B in December for our actual anniversary.
Lately I can't help but think back about the years we've been together. We were married pretty young, I was 22 and David was 23. David was in the military at the time, and we decided to have a spur-of-the-moment wedding two weeks before he was scheduled to go on a 6-month deployment. We were married at his parents' house, the mayor of their small town married us, me in a borrowed dress from my sister-in-law, David looking handsome in his Navy dress uniform. My dad was able to come and be there as well. When I look back, it was the perfect wedding for us. We didn't spend a lot of money and I wasn't overwhelmed with plans and details of a big wedding. My only regret was that family and friends couldn't have been there to share the big moment, and thus, our big party next month!
We packed what little possessions we had, most of which were hand-me-downs from our parents, and made the trek to live our new lives half-way across the country. It was scary and stressful, but exciting! We were young, poor, but in love, and somehow we managed to build a life together! When people hear about our story, they think it's quite amazing and romantic. I fully agree!
Back then, I lived on cigarettes, ramen noodles, canned soup, and toast. It was a special treat for us if we could eat out, and then it was something cheap, like McDonald's. Healthy eating wasn't really in our vocabulary. We lived a few blocks from the beachfront, so we walked a lot, but we weren't purposely trying to get exercise; it was just something we did because it was free entertainment and got us out of our tiny apartment. We were happy, and somehow we lucked out and were healthy as well, despite our poor diet.
Today, 25 years later, I still feel as young and vibrant as I did back then, probably more so! However, I feel that way because of my healthy lifestyle. About 3-1/2 years ago, I started eating a plant-based diet and I discovered that I love running. My husband has yet to jump on the healthy bandwagon, but I have faith that someday he will. He'll have to if he wants to keep up with me in the next 25 years!