A special day 10 years and a leap later

Today is a special day. Yesterday was, too. And so will tomorrow be.

Yesterday, Jim and I celebrated the 10th anniversary of moving into our first and current home. Tomorrow, we celebrate the anniversary of the day we became engaged, 10 years ago. Today is Leap Day, and a wonderfully great reminder to stop and smell the (anniversary?) roses.

In our day-to-day grind, most of us complain about there never being enough time, and, then tada! February 29 arrives with an entire day, a whole 24 extra hours just for us and what do we do? We keep on keeping on like it’s any other ordinary Monday. Because obladi-oblahdah life goes on, yeah. There are things to do and people to see and life to live.

But being in this funny epicenter of anniversaries has given me reason to pause and reflect. Leap Day separates my twenty-something single life and the day I said yes to the life as I know it today.

At 25, I had my own apartment, a flip phone, and a promising start to a big career. It was a time when the simple things we now recall fondly were most complicated, and the things we deem complicated today were my most favorite and beloved daydreams.

There are songs that easily transport me back to those early days; Rachel and Jim, the dating years. Death Cab for Cutie’s Passenger Seat is one of them. So today, I am making it my Leap Day anthem.

I roll the window down
And then begin to breathe in
The darkest country road
And the strong scent of evergreen
From the passenger seat as you are driving me home.

Then looking upwards
I strain my eyes and try
To tell the difference between shooting stars and satellites
From the passenger seat as you are driving me home

“Do they collide?”
I ask and you smile
With my feet on the dash
The world doesn’t matter

When you feel embarrassed then I’ll be your pride
When you need directions then I’ll be the guide
For all time

A decade later, we are settled in the house we made a home, tuck in our girls every night, and set alarms on our smartphones to wake up tomorrow and start another new day pursuing the dreams our next ten years together will bring.

Today is a special day. Yesterday was, too. And so will tomorrow be.
For all time. 

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