16 Years… Longer Together than Not

Today marks a milestone for me and my wife. Today is our 16th anniversary of dating and after today, we will have been together longer than we have not. A pretty crazy thought when you think about it. For many people it will take many years of being with their partner to reach this point but I was lucky enough to trick meet her while we were still in high school to start dating.

Now if you ask her, this day has very little meaning because she only counts the years that we have been married. And yes, that is truly when our lives became “permanently connected.”

But today marks the day that two 16 year olds started “dating.” Looking back us dating was very different. Even though I had my license it would be months until I could start driving her. A date night was meeting up with friends at a movie or Elitches and boy was I awkward back then. (I had a phase where I thought mutton chops was a cool look.)

The last 16 years have been full of many crazy adventures and happy occasions and I am truly lucky to have spent half my life so far with this amazing woman. She has made me a better man, husband and father. She understands me in ways that I still cannot figure out. When I am stressed or upset, she always knows the real reason… sometimes before I do. She has challenged me to grow personally and professionally and has stood by my side through thick and thin.

I look forward to what the next 50+ years of life will bring us and cannot imagine going through this journey with anyone else.

Happy 16th (dating) anniversary! I love you.

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