Our wedding anniversary was last Monday, January 6.
We got married on the very first Friday in the new year 2006 which just so happened to be the 6th. Why then?
Bob said he wanted to marry me as soon as we were able to (which would have been months earlier) but we went to his accountant (who has since become our accountant) who said we had to wait or Bob would get hit with a big tax bill for selling his house before owning it for two years. It was better to take the hit as a single person, not as a married man. So after waiting many months for his divorce to be finalized and then selling his existing house and buying our house, we had to wait some more.
Which was okay. It wasn’t like a first wedding with a big poufy white dress and a massive bill at the end of the day. I bought some really good champagne (as it turned out, not enough! I don’t think I got more than a small taste of it on my own wedding day), organized a luncheon at a local Italian restaurant, and we got our marriage license a few months before the actual date.
I even made an appointment at the courthouse.
So imagine my surprise when, with family present, the courthouse didn’t have our appointment. Which had been made weeks earlier. I was faced with “I might not be able to get married today after all!” and I reacted as I often do with some anger tempered by fear.
Thank the goddess for Bob. He calmed me down and went to talk with the clerk and a few minutes later, we were ushered in to a small chapel and a nice Commissioner performed the very quick ceremony. I still cried a little bit.
And we were married. Off to lunch and celebration!
My friends Nick and Athena who are Greek Orthodox came to the luncheon and reminded me of something that I had forgotten about. January 6 is epiphany which in the Catholic and Orthodox Christian faiths is the final day in the Christmas cycle which includes the waiting time before the birth, the birth, and then the epiphany.
Now, eight years later, I’m so glad we are married. It was a long time coming and yes, there have been epiphanies (those a ha! moments) along the way about many things. But I have never wavered in the decision to be married to Bob and he says the same about me.
Happy Anniversary, sweetheart!