Saturday, August 28, 2010

Happy Anniversary......



...has it really been eleven years since I twirled my pogo-stick body into the wee hours of the night? (pogo-stick meaning any lack of flexibility whatsoever to perform the simplest of dance moves.....I prefer to look at it as a rare talent)

...It's hard to believe that seventeen years ago I was sitting in a coffee house in Madison, WI waiting for him to meet me for our first date. I was quite the nervous soul as I waited for him to arrive, with my legs (adorned with tartan socks and brown penny loafers) anxiously twitching about, petrified about what to say when he'd walk in. I was "prepared" to impress, and let it be known that I type this with a smirk on my face, as I replaced the pennies in my penny loafers with dollar bills in a pathetic attempt to dress on the "wild" side. (I was preppy beyond belief, and he was a skateboarder, so naturally there were some insecurities on my part.....)

...I'll spare you all the awkward introductions and jump straight to the "juicy bits". After a few moments together, I completely panicked and excused myself to the back of the shop. A collect call was made, and seconds later my sister and mum were on the other line. A quick plea to my sister was given to retrieve her journal and bring it back to the phone. As I spilled out my new discoveries, she sifted through her journal and found the information that confirmed my need to call her in this frantic mode. Confused?

..Jump back a year. My sister was living in France for the summer, and when doing so, lived with a woman who could "see" things. Long before this first date, this woman professed that I was to marry someone 5 years older, Irish, wore really baggy clothes, wanted to be a professor, and tilted his hat back when focused.

..And now? Well, it turns out I was sitting across from someone who was 5 years my senior, studying to become a professor, wore insanely baggy pants (which I never quite "got"...but then again, how could I when I considered hanging my necklace over my turtleneck "hip" ?), and had a father who came to America from Ireland. And if that wasn't convincing enough, after a few weeks of dating and going to the coffee shop together to study, I knew not to disturb him when he would tilt his hat backwards to work.



(note: With generations of the British "no chin" on my side of the family, it was nice to know that our kids would have a chance to break free with a chin like his. When taking this picture, I had my mother's voice in my head shouting; "don't forget to stick that chin out"...a saying that has "saved" many a picture)


...So here we are today, eleven years later with two cheeky little monkeys to add to the mix.
He may not wear the baggy pants anymore, nor I the mighty penny loafers, but we are still just
as crazy about each other as we were back then. (and yes. they did inherit the chin. thank goodness for that....)

...Happy Anniversary!!

18 comments:

tangled sky studio said...

happy anniversary-
what a lovely story and a happy ever after : )
is a trip to chicago still in your future?
i hope so!

teedle. said...

Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on 11 years!

Elizabeth said...

I'm new to your blog.....I love this story!!!!!

I also adore your work, and look forward to getting some of your fabric.

You kids are too darn cute for words :)

Elizabeth said...

oops, YOUR kids.....I hate typos !

Melissa Crowe said...

Well, you should know these wedding pictures have only served to cause my crush on you to grow to insane proportions. ;-) Happy Anniversary, my dear.

gretchenmist said...

happy anniversary ~ what a gorgeous story {got goosebumps}!
beautiful photos :)

Jennifer said...

That story is just too sweet! Happy Anniversary to you and your hat-wearing, baggy-panted, older leading man!

Amber said...

What a great story! Happy anniversary! You both are adorable in the photos too. LOVE your wedding dress.

mummysam said...
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mummysam said...

thank so so much everyone!!! as for the dress...I had it made based off an old vintage 1920's pattern. It moved so freely with my robotic mess of a dance routine :)

and beth...hopefully 3rd weekend in october? details soon.....

Cary Walker said...

how lovely!

vivienne strauss said...

This story made me laugh, gave me chills and brought tears to my eyes. Happy Anniversary to you and many more to come!

sideoats + scribbles said...

Happy happy anniversary! yay! Just loved hearing your story, gave me a big smile. :)

monica lee said...

That story is great!!

mummysam said...

thanks again!! Now that the anniversary is done, I am frantically whipping up a cake for the youngest one who turns five tomorrow....when did all this time just pass me by?

Cara Carmina said...

CONGRATULATIONS AND LOTS OF LOVE FOR YOU AND THE CHIN... :)

Leila said...

Happy (belated) anniversary to you both! That's a crazy story about the woman in France.

Lovermore said...

Hi Samantha,

Happy Anniversary! (Just read this post today...a bit late. Sorry.) I hope you and the family are all doing well.

I think that's me in the background on the dance floor, just to the right of the light, facing the camera. Looks like I may be dancing with Diane, perhaps. (I think that was her name.) White shirt, some color tie (red, probably), Tom Hanks hairline. Could be!

Anyway, congratulations on all of your success!

Scott