Rats. I just checked. I neglected to put that clause into the marriage vows Earl recited exactly 16 years ago at Stern Grove in San Francisco. Luckily for me, he’s an engineer and not a lawyer.
Here’s what he (and I) did promise:
“I, Earl/Susan, take you, Susan/Earl,
to be my partner in marriage as you have been my partner in life.
To continue to love and respect you
Give thanks for you,
Serve you with my wit, my strength, my heart, and
Stand by you always.
I will continue to listen to you
Labor with you
Believe in you even when you doubt yourself
And hold myself beside you always.”
Thank you, Earl, for the 3 children, 1 house, good times, bad times, richer, poorer, countless arguments (but many more agreements — especially on the important stuff), and (I’m being serious here) 16 years of marital bliss (and many more to come). And thanks for reading between the lines.
Lovingly and cherishingly yours,
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