This post is a little premature by a few days, but this Friday is my 5 year wedding anniversary with the wife. Usually my posts are about training, racing, products, or random things, but the truth of the matter is that none of it would be possibly without the support (cough, cough, most of the time), from the wife.
A little background on us is we actually met when she was 12 and I was 13. I was her first slow dance ever, and I was actually her junior prom date back in high school. She will admit that she had a huge crush on me throughout high school, so I like to remind her every once in a while that not many girls get to marry the man of their dreams, or at least their high school crushes. We never dated back then, but we reconnected after about 15 years of not seeing each other and dated for about 2 years before tying the knot. What's cool is that we have pictures from her junior prom (which there is no way I will post) and also have pictures from our wedding. It happens to be a very nice full circle.
There are very few people in this world that can put up with me. I tend to have a lot of moods, keep to myself, have little desire to socialize except for during racing/training, so the fact that we have been together for this long is pretty amazing. The wife definitely puts up with a lot of crap and while I am not an emotional or affectionate person, she definitely deserves some type of award. She is the one who allows me to travel for both work and racing, put the long hours in on the asphalt, and recognizes when I need to get out and just run to calm me down.
There have been some rough patches over the 5 years, but there has never been any between us. Every couple fights, but we have limited ours to the most stupid things that are insignificant in reality. I can't think of any drag it out, no holds barred, punches being thrown fits that we have had which is quite amazing if you know both of us. We are both strong opinionated people, so the fact that we can somehow make it work is special.
The wife has taken care of Thunder when I travel for work, and has given me Riley, so life seems pretty good. And without her support, I could never have become the TriRunningDad so this anniversary is for her. What seems to be very coincidental is that the 5 year anniversary present is considered the "wood" anniversary. I'm going to use the fact that I bought her a house this year, and cash in that the house has wood as her present. I think it definitely counts.
To the wife, thank you for the past 5 years, and looking forward to many more.