Friday, November 16, 2007

When Watching His Wranglers And Eating Pecans ... Was The Plan For The Day

Before they had children, there were eight previous years when it was just the girl and her husband.

They spent those early years of their marriage growing up together, in their early twenties. They spent their time eating out at fancy restaurants, sleeping in on the weekends, relaxing on the couch in the evenings in front of the TV in each others arms, moving forward and upward in their careers, buying cars, buying houses and building the foundation for their lives together by making plans and goals and dreams.

In the earliest part of their relationship, she followed him everywhere. They were newly in love and they often wandered. They'd take trips down to his home town where he'd spend long days with his buddies - and she'd be there. Watching as they'd play pool or work on cars. She'd sit in the sun, on the hood of his truck, with a pair of pliers, a lap filled with pecans she'd gathered from the ground beneath the pecan tree and she'd crack and eat nuts while he worked. She'd look across the yard and there he would be, with his head under the hood of a car. Every so often he'd stop working long enough to gaze in her direction and smile. And sometimes, he'd walk towards her and she'd watch him in his jeans and cowboy hat. He'd lean on the truck beside her and they'd talk a bit. And then he'd touch her face softly and kiss her. When he'd walk away, she was not sad, but pleased that he had considered her. She felt proud to be his girl. She was content in his presence. She was content knowing that he wanted her with him. She was content basking in the sun and eating pecans on the hood of that truck.

They also spent many a night driving. They'd head downtown or across town or over to the airport. They'd sometimes pull their car, a white Firebird with T-tops, into the grassy area, just off the freeway, on the fence line of the airport. They'd line the car up with the landing strip, take the T-tops off the Firebird, recline their seats, turn the music on soft and low, hold hands and kiss and wait for the planes to land. They saw stars and cars on the freeway. They talked of their plans and unloaded their problems. They spoke kindly and touched freely and then braced against each other when the roar of the planes approached and then they'd stretch out their arms ... as if they believed they could touch the wings.

When their babies came along ... their lives were changed. They became busier, more stressed, more occupied with the lives of their children. And this was not a bad thing, as it was inevitable. They moved on and created ... a family.

They lost much of what they were in their youth and yet they grew into more than they ever imagined. The love they had grew stronger and wider and touched not only the two of them, but their children as well. They no longer wandered, but created stability and security. They became wiser and left their childish whims behind. They became parents and their priorities changed and so did their visions and dreams. They grew older.

It was a long time ago, when they were so young. There are many people that would say that her husband is the one following her. And sometimes ... that is so. Sometimes she does look back to see if he is coming. But, more often than not ... she is the one looking forward to make sure that he is still searching her out ... that he is waiting for her. She followed him then ... 22 years before ... just about anywhere he wanted her to go. And ... she follows him now.

Sometimes ... she goes there ... to the days of their youth. When they were overwhelmed by lust and drowning in love. When it felt like they had not a care in the world. When all they really wanted was to be together, to gaze helplessly into one anothers eyes, spend time in the darkness and every so often ... reach up together ... and touch the sky.


Billy ... I would say that we are lucky ... you and I. I would say that we have come along way from those days of our blissful youth. I would say that I am privileged to have you love me and I would say thank you ... thank you ... for constantly lifting me up ... so that I can touch the sky.

Happy Anniversary my sweet Billy. Of all the things that God has given me ... that I most certainly did not deserve ... you would be my most cherished gift. I love you dearly.

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64 comments:

jen said...

what a beautiful, amazing post about a beautiful, amazing love.

Katrina said...

Awww happy anniversary, you guys! Many more happy years lie ahead!

Mary said...

Happy Anniversary!
Your blog is so refreshing to read... you have such a way with your words. Keep writing :)

Queen of My Domain said...

Oh, what a beautiful post. Happy Anniversary and I wish you both another 25 years of happiness and growing.

onthegomom said...

Ahhh Kellan, what a beautiful, inspiring post! Happy Anniversay!!!!

http://momoftheyear-not.blogspot.com/

Andrea said...

That gave me chills, girl!

katy said...

Isn't it great to have made the right choice. When I was young I didn't always make the right choices but my husband was one I am so glad I made.

Karen said...

Happy Anniversary! How wonderful to be so in love after all these years.

Leeann said...

What a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing that and for stopping by my page. I will definetly be back!

carrie said...

Happy Anniversary you little lovebirds! Many more to come . . .

Lynne said...

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for stopping by.

Sue said...

Happy Anniversary. Wonderful, wonderful post. Sigh...

Sharon said...

Awwwwww....sweet. I hope he reads this post. Happy Anniversary!
We are blessed.
Here is to 24 and many many more!

Eileen said...

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful love story, for two beautiful people...You need to seriously look into writing for a living....your writing is amazing.
XOXOX

bermudabluez said...

What a beautiful tribute, Kellan! And what a terrific marriage you and your husband have. Happy Anniversary!

Dawn said...

What a beautiful gift to be able to write your love story out like this for your husband. I'm sure he treasures it. Happy Anniversary.

Becky said...

That was so tender and sweet, Kellan, it brought tears to my eyes. Happy Anniversary to you both...and congratulations for not only keeping the home fires burning strong...but for modeling that love for your children. You are building a lasting legacy in and for them. May your children grow up not wanting to settle for anything less than true and lasting love, and may God bless you with many wonderful years to come!

EC said...

*sniff sniff* Damn - that was beautiful. You are a lucky woman, and even more so, he is one lucky man to have you!

Happy Anniversary Kellan - here's to 25 more wonderful years together!!

Elise said...

What a beautiful story! I want all that one day...

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary xoxox

Nadine said...

BEAUTIFUL post! ". reach up together ... and touch the sky." my heart melts! Thanks for sharing and happy anniversary!!

Toni said...

What a lovely, lovely post. A wonderful tribute to your life with your husband...wishing you many, many more years together.

Suzanne said...

So beautiful! Happy anniversary!

Amanda said...

Happy Anniversary! Thats a great tribute to your marriage!

Amy said...

so amazing and beautiful. happy anniversary!!!

Anonymous said...

Kel & Bill HAPPY ANNIVERSARY. Dad & Elaine

Cheeky said...

What a lovely way of remembering and honoring your anniversary.

Melanie said...

What a beautiful post- you made me get all teary eyed.

Happy Anniversary!

(I hope there won't be an aplogy in Billy's card to you ;))

Nap Warden said...

Well that was just wonderful, Happy Anniversary!

joan said...

Happy Anniversary Billy and Kellan! I loved reading your wonderful love story. Now go out and celebrate!

patti_cake said...

Kellan this is just beautiful We were married 10 years before we had our little one so I sort of know what you mean!

The Stevens Family said...

Ahhh...Happy Anniversary. What a wonderful story that was amazingly written!

Kathryn said...

Okay. I'm crying now. That was a beautiful post. Such a wonderful glimpse into your marriage and what marriage is all about. As proof, your google ad on the side is "How to love your spouse". How perfect!
Happy Anniversary!

Janet said...

I love the way you recounted the early days. What a lovely post for your anniversary. Have a great one!

Holly said...

Happy Anniversary!

kellyo75 said...

What a beautiful post. Got me all teary eyed! You two have an amazing love. Thanks for sharing a small piece of it with us. Happy Anniversary!

kim-d said...

I followed the link on your comment to mom22teens to find you, and I am so glad I did because that is a beautiful, beautiful post!

Happy, Happy Anniversary to you and your Bill. My husband was Bill, too. He was also a terrific husband and the love of my life forever. I love it when I find other people that know that same happiness!

I can't wait to read more...

Karen said...

Happy Anniversary!! Have fun celebrating!!

Leah said...

Happy Anniversary! Sounds like a very full and rich life/marriage!

InTheFastLane said...

very sweet!

Mimi said...

Happy, Happy Anniversary and Many Years!

Enjoy your day!

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Kellan,

What a loving account of your relationship and tribute to your husband. Wishing you and the "Cowboy" many, many more happy anniversaries to come!

Em said...

Happy aniversary to you and Billy (must be the name Billy that makes for a great person)

Cindy Breninger said...

Oh my gosh, how sweet is that??? Congratulations! :)
Cindy
www.adayinthelifeofcindy.blogspot.com

Kami said...

Fabulous! So you are the girl then?

I love how you write... I am right there with you...thanks for sharing.

And

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY YOU TWO LOVE BIRDS!

bren j. said...

*sigh* Happy Anniversary!

WorksForMom said...

Beautiful. Happy Anniversary lovebirds!

Family Adventure said...

Happy Anniversary. He is a lucky guy - and you are a lucky gal, too. I love the strong, silent, deliberate type, too!

Heidi :)

Karen MEG said...

Happy anniversary to you and Billy! That was such a lovely post; you've shared so much, and from your words, obviously grown together so beautifully too. Hope hubby reads this!

R Family of 4 said...

Oh I got goosebumps reading this post. Happy Anniversary

Catizhere said...

Kellan & Billy,

How I wish the rest of the world had love like this. What a beautiful place it would be.

Happy Anniversary

LunaNik said...

Wow...could this story be any more romantic. Seriously, I'm very touched. And your writing...brilliant!

Lizzy in the Burbs said...

Hey Kellan,

That's so interesting that you are sending students/parents to Stevenson. How did that come about? Are kids from Stevenson coming to visit your school as well? It is an amazing high school, let me tell you! It's massive for one thing, really more like a small college campus than a high school, and they have a huge student population. My oldest has played basketball games there for the last three years, and we've only seen a very small part of the school/gymnasium, but what we saw was beautiful! It's located in a very affluent area, so lots of bucks go into the school. You'll have to tell me more about it when you get a chance. Have a good weekend!

Amy said...

just to let you know, i didn't get your email. sorry to comment again!

Goldberry said...

There are not enough people in love like that. Happy Anniversary! It was awesome to read this post.

Chantal said...

Beautiful and inspiring. Love that strong that lasts that long is not often found these days! Thanks for the reminder it can still happen.

OHmommy said...

Awwwww, so sweet. Happy Anniversary and CHEERS to so many more.

tommie said...

what an awesome way to remember your anniversary!

JCK said...

Wow.

the dragonfly said...

That is beautiful! Happy anniversary! (I just love your blog...)

Jodi said...

Maybe I'm just tired after a late night...but that made me cry!
Happy Anniversary!

Summer said...

Another beautiful recollection. I hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

girlymom said...

What an amazing post, I can just feel the love you have for each other! You are one lucky girl with a very lucky guy! Congrats

Nicki said...

What a great way to honor your anniversary. I love the vision of the airport. Perfectly written.

Kari & Kijsa said...

WOW....what a beautiful, wonderful, incredibly touching post...you see that is EXACTLY the way I feel about my husband...what a blessing.

May you have the happiest of Thanksgivings...

Have a very blessed day...

smiles, kari (and kijsa)

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