My husband and I were at Starbuck’s this morning, sitting at a table making a list for Costco and planning our dinners for the week so we could do our normal grocery shopping after Costco. A couple came and sat at the table next to us and the woman said to the man, “You read the name, I’ll find the index card and you tell me if they ordered chicken or beef.”
I looked up at my husband who looked at me and mouthed ‘wedding’. I replied quietly, “It’s the circle of life”, referring to it being our anniversary and this couple planning their wedding.
I have no idea how old these two were; obviously if I think I got married at the same age as Laura Ingalls I have an Age Determination Disorder (the new ADD), but I thought this:
They don’t have a clue. Little do they know they’ll be talking about chicken and beef and ‘what should we have for dinner?’ for the next 60 years. They have no idea how hard it is. They don’t realize that ‘in sickness and in health’ really means that. And ‘for richer or for poorer’. I believe that should be changed OR amended to include ‘in employment or in unemployment’. I wanted to tell them that when they’re standing at the altar in front of their family and friends that ‘Till death do us part’ (aka forever) is gonna seem like maybe 5 years when in reality, it’s a long, long, long time.
This is what was going on in my head. My husband of 18 years, well, I haven’t a clue what he was thinking. My guess is he was wondering how many giant Costco bags of nachos will fit in our cart. After all, it’s football season.
Yep, FOREVER is a long-ass time.