Two young people with promise in their first kiss, laughter in their eyes,
a glance becomes a knowing look.
Everything is new, different, hard to acclimate, two people struggling to become a couple.
Years go by, like milk chocolate tasting slightly stronger, and less sweet
dark chocolate melting more easily on your tongue, surprisingly less bitter.
The intertwining of the two after many years, differences not so apparent anymore.
Habits that used to annoy me, about you, I find don’t matter quite as much
In fact, I find myself doing it sometimes but keeping it a secret with a sly grin.
Twenty-four years of marriage, we reach for each others hand
to thread our fingers together like an embrace.
Reassurance is a holy gift.
I don’t want to think of one of us gone but someday
one of us will be forced to live alone.
Live in the moment and with a deep, deep breath I try to push my thoughts away.
For a second or two,
I am fearful of the thought of living without him.
Growing old is hard enough, but if I grew old with you
I think I would be able to handle it a little more easily.
But, we don’t know the story of the rest of our lives, do we?
Stay with me, old man, and I will try to stay with you too.
Once in a while, panic overwhelms my courage and I become paralyzed in cold ice.
Along with gratitude and grace,
I am so humbled to have you in my life.
Your booming voice and stomping steps,
I don’t care about them anymore,
I just care about you and me, together.
For as long as forever will be.