Today is the sixth anniversary of Louise & Susan's Excellent Adventure of officially living happily ever after. Six years ago today we gussied up and stood up in front of God, the rector (and rector emeritus!), our families (my 83-year old mother & son home-on-leave-from-the-army and both of our brothers, among others) and about 400 of other assorted fabulous folks for "the happiest day of our lives."
I blogged about the day the morning of the day here ... a piece that started out:
Well, today's the big day. The family is gathered, the rehearsal is behind us, the flowers are being arranged as we speak and the last minute call to the rental place has scored the in-case-it-rains-on-our-parade party tent to shelter the patio for the reception following the service.That blog landed our wedding in the Anglican American Council's timeline of straws that broke the back of the Anglican Communion camel. (Seriously -- check out February 2006!)
And this afternoon -- God willing and the primates notwithstanding -- my partner Louise and I will with much joy and a church full of people celebrate the blessing of the covenant of our relationship promising to love and cherish each other until death do us part.
And yet here we are -- six years later -- a very FULL six years later ... busy loving, honoring and cherishing ... and still working, praying, lobbying, strategizing and organizing so that others might have the same opportunities we have had to have our love celebrated, our relationship blessed and our life together upheld and supported by the community of faith we call our spiritual home.
(And we're still working on the equal protection for the civil rights of civil marriage ... but increasingly hopeful on that front with two steps forward in Washington and Maryland one one step back in New Jersey!)
It's called "having a life" ... not to be confused with "choosing a lifestyle" -- and today we're celebrating the joy of having someone to share that life with ... the good and the bad, the in sickness and in health, 'til death do us part.