Thursday, April 16, 2020
Cardinal on Corn
Cardinal on Corn / Oil on black canvas / 8x24 unframed /$195 including shipping
TODAY - APRIL 16 - WOULD BE OUR ANNIVERSARY.
We were married on this day in 1988, in the house where I grew up, on Ocean Avenue in New London, CT.
At the time, I thought it was the happiest day of my life - and at the time, it was. But compared to the days and weeks and months and years that followed, it was a whisper. A promise. A threshold to a different kind of happiness, one that could never happen on the first day.
I think that what defined our marriage - and what brought us both the deepest days of happiness - was a sort of steadiness that came from love, trust, respect, shared ideas of right and wrong. A love of art. Of dogs. Of music. A love of the natural world. Of good food. And of course, a deep and abiding love of each other.
We made a home for each other, a place to grow our hearts and our ideas, to shelter our ventures and obsessions, launch our dreams and heal our wounds. In our marriage, I had more happy days than I could ever count, and of a quality and depth that on that day in 1988, I could not begin to imagine.
So what do I do today to honor all of this? I don't know - other than to write this missive, and send it out to the world, and remember how young we were, and how we never could have known how lucky we would be.
Of course, today, I am grateful for the many years of marriage I had with Peter.
He is gone. My best friend in the world is gone. But I was as lucky as a human can be
to have shared so many years with him.
What are you grateful for today?
"If I had a flower for every time I thought of you... I could walk through my garden forever."
- Alfred Tennyson
April 16, 2020
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