the queen of my life
Five years ago just about this very minute, my lovely wife Crystal and I were married.
Crystal is an amazing woman (she must be, to have put up with me all these years, har har). I realize that I've fallen into the same trap that often happens in a long-term relationship: I'm so accustomed to the joy she brings me that I fail to marvel every day at just how lucky I am. Crystal is at once everything I've ever wanted in a woman -- beautiful, intelligent, tolerant, enthusiastic, and sexy -- and a unique person who still surprises me with her depths and compassion.
Faithful readers know that I enjoy many
geekish unusual tastes. Crystal has embraced my love of anime, movies, gaming, and so many other things more than I'd ever expected, and I know well how lucky I am for it. We share many passions, such as science fiction and fantasy, dancing, cooking, and music. And she has also sparked my enjoyment of gardening and camping -- not to mention the fun we have playing house.
Crystal and I were friends for some time before we started dating, but once we started, we both really knew we wanted to be together forever. I've never experienced anything like it before, and in my younger and more cynical days, I'd have denied I could ever feel such a thing. Although she came along late in my life -- we were both a member of the statistically improbable set who marry for the first time in our 30s -- I'm so glad I met her when I was both sick of the single life and ready to do what all those soul songs had always told me I needed to do.
Our wedding day was a beautiful, unforgettable experience. Five years later, I'm also fortunate to still be close to so many of our friends who joined us on that special day, despite having moved 120 miles away shortly after. And of course my wife and I have given each other the precious gift of two wonderful, adorable daughters. They're both as beautiful, as intelligent, and as assertive as their mother, and I cherish them for it.
Thank you, Crystal, for making me one of the happiest, luckiest men on Earth for these past five years, and for continuing to do so every day.
In honor of my beautiful bride, here's a song* that sums up the way I feel about her: "Some Kind of Wonderful," by Grand Funk Railroad.
Can I get a witness?
*subject to removal without notice