10 years ago today, I married my best friend.
In the past 4 months I have done something right in my relationship to deserve not just one, but two little blue boxes in my life. The first is an amethyst so that I may brag on my 2nd born with her birthstone as much as my heart desires. The second, a diamond wedding band to replace my knife edge one. My heart is full today.
To my Soul Mate and my children's father, thank you. Thank you for making me feel loved even when diamonds are not involved. Thank you for being You and for loving me any way I am. I would not be me without You. I love you because I know no other way.
I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz, or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you, so close that your hand on my chest is my hand, so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.
Pablo Neruda, Sonnet XVII