January 20, 2011


Do you want to hear something absolutely mind-blowing? Sure you do. Brace yourselves. Beth and I have been together almost exactly 18 years. Okay, I'm a couple days early but nearly 18 years ago, Beth picked me up in one of the bathrooms of our college dorm. A few days later we moved in together. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Our first apartment was tiny - you could literally touch all four walls of the living room if you seated yourself precisely in the middle. We shared a college loft bed which we quickly disassembled when a) we hit our heads one too many times and b) it got really hard to climb into drunk which invariably resulted in either head injury or perilous falls. Our second apartment was bigger - two bedrooms. We adopted a cat, got a bigger bed, accumulated some shared possessions, and lived through several rounds of crazy neighbors. And then we moved out of our college town and back to Washington where we got jobs and cars and, eventually, houses and children.

It's amazing how the time has flown.

Me: Did you know your mom and I have been together for 18 years?
Mia: Eighteen? No way!
Me: Have you ever noticed that time is stretchy?
Mia: No it's not!
Me: Well, okay it's not. There are always 60 seconds in a minute and 60 minutes in an hour and 24 hours in a day. But haven't you noticed that the good times seem to fly by so quickly while the bad times stretch on and on?
Mia: Like when you and I play games that goes fast but afternoon at school takes forever.
Me: Yeah. Just like that.

Yeah. Just like that.

Posted by Chris at January 20, 2011 6:42 AM

Perfect. You made my day!

Posted by: Debbie at January 20, 2011 7:34 AM

That's fantastic! Congratulations!

Posted by: Elizabeth at January 20, 2011 8:44 AM

Good to see that Mia has the concept of stretchy time down. She's spot on in her observation that afternoons at school (or work for that matter) take forever.
18 years is a long time. Good on you two for passing the time together, good and bad, for that long:)

Posted by: Beth at January 20, 2011 9:17 AM

Happy Anniversary and Congratulations! **hugs to you and Beth**

Posted by: NotAMeanGirl at January 20, 2011 9:28 AM


Posted by: Maribeth at January 20, 2011 10:03 AM

Congrats to you and Beth. Look how far you have come in those 18 years. Aren't you proud of yourselves, well you should be.

Posted by: Trish V at January 20, 2011 11:32 AM

It is always cute that you are constantly amazed that you and Beth have been together for so long. At the same time, I realized that the Boy and I have been together almost 9 years now.

Posted by: alektra at January 20, 2011 12:28 PM

Just like that :) D'awwwwww.

Posted by: Heather at January 20, 2011 1:49 PM


Posted by: One Mom's Opinion at January 20, 2011 7:09 PM

Congrats on nearly 18 years... sort of forget how to be single eh?

Posted by: Nat at January 20, 2011 9:43 PM

Wow, that is awesome! Congrats on having been together for 18 years! That is really fantastic.

Posted by: Delia at January 20, 2011 11:38 PM

Bryan and I hit 18 in November, weird!

Posted by: Aimee Giese | Greeblemonkey at January 22, 2011 8:27 PM

You did good on that one, Dad. Daddy 1, teachers 0

Posted by: cassie-b at January 27, 2011 1:16 PM