20 Years

Today is our 20th wedding anniversary.  It was a day of highs and lows.  We spent the day enjoying the beautiful weather with a walk around Hermann and then time at the wineries with each other.  While at one of the wineries, we received some sad news about one of Andy’s brothers.  He and his wife are separating.  We talked about that for a while and then went back to the inn to enjoy the evening.  We drank frozen margaritas and ate a pizza while we watched Game 7 of the World Series.

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About 8 pm, my Dad called to say that Newman had passed away.  She was 21 years old and it was not unexpected, but still hard and sad.  She was a pain in the ass, but we loved her anyway.

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We finished the evening with something I had really never expected to see in my lifetime – Chicago Cubs as World Series Champs!

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With the highs and lows of today, I am really grateful to have Andy by my side all the time.  Yes, we drive each other crazy, but it is always us together even when we aren’t on the same path.   When a marriage begins, it is rainbows and roses.  As time goes on, you realize that “never going to bed angry” isn’t possible.  Quite frankly, you need that sometimes.  Eventually, you realize that marriage isn’t perfect and it isn’t even fun sometimes, but, if your spouse is your other half, you make it work on the high days, the low days, and every other day in between.  Andy is my other half.  He is my strong hug when I need it.  He is my center when I need it.  He stands behind me when I need it and protects me when I need it.  My husband.  I love you Andrew Kassel for everything, but especially because you are the one who will always be there.  Thanks for 20 great years!  I look forward to the next 20.

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