Yesterday was our ninth wedding anniversary and during those nine years I have learned so much:
what it is to be loved so deeply by someone even when you are annoying them;
how to love someone so deeply even when they are annoying you!;
the bond of a mother is immeasurably strong;
people will go to extraordinary lengths to support those they love
your heart can feel so big with pride and astonishment and love for your child;
a strong family can overcome many hurdles which alone would crush a person;
family can give you the courage to attempt things you wouldn't do alone;
some things that annoy you are more about areas in your own life where you need to become more tolerant and understanding and less obsessive;
some things that annoy others are areas where you need to be more malleable and prepared to change;
relationships work well with reflection and consideration for the needs of others and not pursuing your own happiness to the detriment of those you love;
I love, really love, having children;
it is amazing how happy you can feel watching those you love having fun.
The Thompsons - est 2003
Thank you for being wonderful, Ken.