When Mr. Lina proposed to me, he did it with an invitation. The front said "Mr. Lina & Guest". I was rather miffed by still being "& Guest" this far into our very stable relationship. I passed the unopened envelope to him say it is was his coworker throwing this party, he should open it first. Poor Mr. Lina, I had no idea. So he opened it, read it, passed it back saying I should read it carefully.
So I read it.
Including the song lyrics greyed out behind the "You are invited to the 45th anniversary...".
I read ALL the lyrics.
It's a song with a fair number of words.
Still thinking about "& Guest".
Then I opened it up to see that it was an invitation to our 45th anniversary, date and time to be determined.
On the inside, he wrote out all the things he wanted to say.
About building a life with me.
Having children with me.
The struggles we'd already been through.
The struggles we knew were coming with wanting those children.
And he ended with a question, would he still see my smiling face 45 years from now?
8 down, 37 to go. It's going to be one hell of a party when we get there.