Forgive me if I gush here…I am married to a superhero, after all…
The photo above is a photo of a photo taken on January 3, 2004. Jared sat his little camera on a rock and this photo has become one of the hallmark documentations of our relationship. The two kids in this picture had no idea what they were bargaining for in the next decade.
Today is our eleventh “smile” anniversary. The online service through which Jared and I met had an interface where you could send someone a smile, and on June 30, 2003, Jared sent me one. I replied with a “smile” on July 1, and well, the rest is history. That was our first contact with one another.
It hasn’t been an easy eleven years, to say the least. Meeting in the middle has meant finding what our middle is, something we are only now coming find.
If I could go back and tell these two head-over-heels kids three things knowing what I know now, it would be the following:
I’d tell her: Be gentle with him because he really, really does love you in ways you can hardly fathom right now.
I’d tell him: Trust your gut even when she seems to question it. She’ll come around to your point of view sooner or later.
I’d tell them both: Never forget what being in love with [him/her] feels like. There will be times it will seem easier to walk away and at times, it will be hard to remember that in-love feeling. Hold tight to it and everything else will be worth it.
Happy smile anniversary, Jared. I love you.