Monday is typically reserved for a Ted’s Tip but I did not think you would mind me putting that off until tomorrow, because today is our 30th anniversary! Just writing that makes me shake my head a bit, as that seems like a long time. Oh my. We were so young! A few years out of college, but when you know it is right, you just know. You feel it in your bones, your brain, your heart. We are going to spend a quiet day just us two (and Bailey too) at Hawthorne, making a special meal together tonight. During one of my ‘wrapping’ sessions with a customer this past Holiday, I mentioned our upcoming anniversary. She was younger and the idea of 30 years together was mind boggling, which she mentioned in a very cute and sweet way. She asked me our secret. I told her it was not really a secret at all. Love each other. Respect each other. Be each other’s biggest champion. Savor the moments. Learn from the bad and move on. Revel in the good. Make each other better. Laugh together. Laugh more. Each year we have given each other a piece of art for an anniversary present. It has been hugely meaningful to watch that collection grow. It represents us. This year we decided to buy a matching pair of vintage stone lions (him giving one to me, me giving one to him) to watch over the house. We fell in love with them at an antique shop on Warren Street in Hudson in September. Writing this I think the symbolism of their strength together watching over one another sums it up. Never in a million years when we first met did we think we would be allowed to be legally married, and of course are elated that we were able to several years ago. But today will always be the day we celebrate the beginning.