Today is our wedding anniversary. It's been a hell of a day. I knew it would be, I just didn't really believe it would be this hard. Sobbing on my knees again hard.
Then Peggy brought the boys by and we went creek walking and threw rocks and found a crawdad and it felt good for a little bit. Children are saving me these days. Sometimes I think I should get one of my own.
Then a friend called and I told her the day was hard and she asked about our story. So I told her and it helped me smile again.
We got married because my car insurance was due. We were sitting on the back porch when I opened the bill and David said it would be cheaper if we were on the same policy. Only, we found out you had to be married to do that. So we kind of looked at each other and said, "do you want to?" We had sworn off marriage but money got the better of us, or love did. Here at the farm it was the middle of Haying Season, the time that waits for no one. We took off a couple of hours one afternoon in our work clothes; dirty boots, sweaty shirts, cut-offs, and took a ride to Marshall, a small town not far away. We traced down the right paperwork, found the justice of the peace just at lunch time. No business happening for an hour, we came back at one o'clock, after lunch. He looked at us and said, "do you have rings?" rings? nope. "How about witnesses?" We need witnesses? nope, none of them either. He sighed, went across the street to the local bank, and brought back two tellers to witness for us. Done and done. We went home to haying. And we didn't tell anyone for about three months.
David's brother died and when they asked about how to put us in the obituary David casually mentioned that I was his wife. Some people have yet to forgive us for the secret. But we loved it. It was ours and suited us perfectly. Occasionally I regret not having any photos, but the image of us that day is so clearly imprinted in my mind that mostly I like it just the way it is.
Thank you Anna, for asking the question. It opened a door to happiness that I was not able to do on my own.