When I first met you; I was a fourteen year old girl who thought she had it all figured out. I was a freshman in high school who eagerly gave her heart to those less deserving. You were a sixteen year old who irritated me beyond belief. You were a sophomore in high school and I saw you as nothing more than a friend.
When we first dated; I was a nineteen year old who had just gotten out of the most damaging relationship I had ever been in. I was fresh out of high school and you listened to me when no one else would. You were a twenty-one year old who was nothing but patient and careful with my injured soul and heart. You were in the national guard and despite the distance we were thrown into you always let me know you cared.
When we said our first ‘I love you’s; I was still nineteen and was terrified that we wouldn’t work out. I was so afraid that in the process of figuring this all out that I would lose my best friend. You were still twenty-one and you said those three words first. You let me know what it felt like to actually be in love with someone who loved you back fiercely.
When you asked me to marry you; I had just turned twenty-one and you got down on your knee with shaking hands and an audience which included my parents. I said yes without hesitation and we held onto each other and cried the happiest of tears in each other’s arms. You were twenty-two and announced it to the world that you had made me your fiancé.
When we got married; I was twenty-two and cried as soon as I saw you at the end of the aisle. You were twenty-three and you had the most memorable smile on your face that I will never forget.
When we moved into our first home as husband and wife; I was twenty-two and scared that you would resent me for moving us almost four hours away from our families. You were twenty-four and were nothing but supportive of the decision to move away because you knew it would make me happy and make life easier for us.
When we have children and live out our lives side by side, I couldn’t imagine doing it all with anyone but you.