The 'paper' Anniversary

My husband and I will be married 5 years on the 16th of September! Yahoo!! I love him so much and often think that our years together have stretched beyond these 5 years of married life. We've experienced joy, pain, hope, illness, resignation, faith and so many other feelings that a couple doesn't need to experience during such a short time as a married couple. But, I can honestly say, that these trials have been a melding force between us: a melding of love, support and belief in tomorrow. At one point during this past winter, I wrote him a poem to reflect the struggles and fears in the future. I've added it here.


Life is full of snowstorms,
hail and pouring rain,
all the roads we thought we knew
no longer look the same.

Ruts and bumps appear to grow
On pathways we held dear.
And we can’t clearly see through fog
into the coming year.

But, I remember clear skies -
sun and breezes cooled the air.
When paths were made for climbing
And love held not a care.

When stones were thrown from mountains,
and laughter filled our minds
as rain poured down upon us -
the cold New England kind.

But, life is now a bundle
of clouds and cold and gray,
That seem to sprinkle stress and pain into every other day.

But, then as I remember
the stone flying from my hands,
I recall how much you've loved me
Through my own storms and winds.
I remember midnight prayers
for your presence in my life
And I look down at my hand -
the ring that made me your wife.

So, when storms ride o'er the horizon
and temps drop to frigid degrees,
please always know that I love you
through winter and warm summer breeze.