Wednesday, March 16, 2016

366 Project - Day 76 - "Anniversary (One of Three)"

March 16, 2016 - "Anniversary (One of Three)"

Today is "Wedding Anniversary #1" of our three wedding anniversaries. Or, depending on how you look at it, it's "Wedding Anniversary #3" of our three wedding anniversaries - since today is the anniversary of the THIRD time that Holly and I were married.

For those who don't already know, let me explain...

Holly and I have been a couple for 20 years now. This year we will have been married for 17 of those 20 years.

Our first wedding was our "Legal Wedding" - performed by the Mayor of Danbury in his office, with just a few family members in attendance. That wedding happened on June 14th - and we ("I") chose that date because it happened to be "Flag Day" - and whenever anyone would ask me what my favorite holiday was, I'd say that it was Flag Day.

Holly and I were both practicing pagans at the time, so our second wedding was our "Pagan Wedding". That wedding took place on June 19th (Juneteenth) because it was the next Saturday after Flag Day that year. That was a much larger and beautiful wedding... and we performed the ceremony ourselves as we didn't want any sort of a minister or Justice of the Peace to perform it for us (which is why we had the "Legal Wedding" beforehand).

Over the years things changed... and after two decades of walking a pagan path I returned to the Church - which meant we had to have our marriage blessed by the Church in order for me to receive the Sacrament of Communion. So we had to have a third wedding - our "Catholic Wedding" - and that wedding happened on March 16th because, well - "John 3:16".

It was a beautiful ceremony and a wonderful day! My brother Peter stood as my Best Man, with my son Brandon serving as "Unofficial Best Man"... and my niece Frannie stood as Holly's Maid of Honor, with our daughter Caitlynn serving as "Unofficial Maid of Honor". (I say "unofficial" because at that point neither of them had completed the Sacraments - so they could not stand as our "official" witnesses).

Even though Catholicism was not and is not her path, Holly fully supported me and continues to support me and my path. We don't always see eye-to-eye on certain matters of faith and even certain political issues - but we respect each other's beliefs and,  well... the differences just keep things interesting!

So I guess you could say that Holly is "The wife so nice that I married her thrice!"

All three of our anniversaries mean something special to us. All three of them have special memories and emotions attached to them. Each of them is equally important to us.

So if you go by the calendar - this is "Anniversary #1" as we travel through the year. If, however, you go by the order in which the weddings happened - this is "Anniversary #3".

Regardless, I wake up every morning and I make my Morning Offering and Prayers as soon as I get out of bed... and every day I give thanks for being blessed to have Holly as my wife.

To Holly,

Thank you for choosing me... and for continuing to choose me day after day!

I love you more than any words could ever express!

Happy Anniversary #1 (or #3)!!!

 - Vin


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