From the very beginning of our relationship, we’ve both always said that “opposites attract” is not a true statement. Very shortly after we meet in that creative writing class, we talked for hours discovering how much we had in common. Even though we’d been raised worlds apart (literally), we were so alike that we couldn’t imagine anyone, so dissimilar being this close.
Today is our 18th wedding anniversary. Even though we have so, so many ways and things in common, I (and the children) came up with 18 things in which we are different. Nathan has not seen this list, and I can’t wait to hear him chuckle in consent.
1- I don’t use the snooze, but he plans for it.
2- He loves water, and I’m not a confident swimmer.
3- I thrive on change. He’s steady.
4- His virtue is delayed gratification, but I enjoy something new.
5- He’s good at impromptu, and I need to plan.
6- “Sleep is overrated,” he says. Bedtime is never too early for me.
7- I like sweet drinks, and he enjoys bitter coffee.
8- He’s prudent, but I move quickly.
9- I have wanderlust. He’s a homebody.
10- He enjoys a juicy burger, but I live on vegetables.
11- I’m from the old world, and he’s from the new.
12- He’s daring, and I’m fearful.
13- I’m cautious, but driving dangerous roads is a thrill for him.
14- I was trained in music, and he was trained in sports.
15- He says,”I’ll find another use for it.” I throw it away.
16- When I see a crisis, he sees a resolution.
17- I can feel overwhelmed and nervous. He’s calm and collected.
18- He rules his life by principles, yet I fall prey to convenience.
Regardless of differences, we are two sinners who God chose to bring together for such a time as this: to serve Him in this place as we nurture eight beautiful children.
On a very warm Spanish summer evening, eighteen years ago, we said “I do.” I’ve never looked back. Happy 18th Wedding Anniversary, My Love!