Sunday, July 30, 2006

Mr. WG: By the numbers and more

Today is my tenth anniversary. I am 30 years old; I have been married for 10 years. I have four children. The oldest is seven. The youngest is 6 months.

Mr. WG is 33. When I met him, he was 22. He had coke-bottle glasses which he exchanged for much smaller frames just before our wedding. After we were married, he got contact lenses, which we paid for in 10 installments. Before we had finished paying off the contacts, he got new glasses again, this time the ultra-lightweight frameless lenses. Those were also paid for in ten installments. And before we finished paying for those, he got Lasik, also in 10 installments.

We met in the Israeli army. On our first date, Mr. WG took me to a terrific restaurant on the overlooking the beach in Tel Aviv. We forgot to order because we were so busy talking. The waitress finally forced us to order. Then we forgot to eat. They asked us to leave the restaurant at around 2 a.m., and we were startled to realize that we were the only people there.

On our second date, the next night, Mr. WG took me out for pizza. This may not sound like much, but you have to understand that Mr. WG does not eat anything dairy.

By the end of our first date, it was clear that we would be married. We talked about it briefly and then let it go. We were officially engaged two months later.

Ten years. If you had told me 15 years ago that this is where I would be today, I would have laughed out loud. If you had told me ten years ago that Mr. WG and I would end up here in the city we now live in -- I would have been sure you were mistaken.

But here we are, and I would do it all again.

Happy Anniversary to my sweet. Thank you for ten beautiful years. And one stunner of a ring. I love you.


lisa said...

That was beautiful! Sounds like a marriage that was meant to be. I want to be nosy now and ask about why you guys came to the US. But feel free to ignore the question...

3MGA mom said...

Kudos to the child brides! Pete and I got married right after our 21st and 22nd birthdays (I'm one year older), so we're working on seven years now. Same kind of story, we knew right away that we'd get married and were engaged in a few months time.

What a special anniversary. I hope you guys get to do something that is fun (and maybe kid-free?)!

Dee said...

Wishing you and Mr. WG the happiest of anniversaries--here's to many more 10s!

Meredith said...

Delurking to write:
That was a beautiful tribute! I love the first date story. I want to hear the Israel to USA story too!