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kristen eshleman

Simple Truths

“Every morning, there’s a cup of coffee and I wear your ring.”
from Anniversary Song, by Cowboy Junkies

This is a line from our wedding song. It’s not your typical first dance wedding song, as you can hear. There were more than a few puzzled looks when we tried in vain to dance to it. Mainly, we’re just happy that the lyrics and music are both simple and timeless, and that we can return to it year after year. The title is particularly appropriate for today. Today we celebrate a 20-year marriage.

I am not one to wax poetic or emote too openly, but I do want to mark the occasion with a Camus quote and a simple thank you to Joe:

“If those whom we begin to love could know us as we were before meeting them … they could perceive what they have made of us.”
– Albert Camus, Notebooks, 1935-1951

This is probably the greatest gift of many good marriages. This and a lot of laughter. I am lucky. I got a partner who has the purest heart I’ve ever seen; who loves to laugh; who is dedicated to life-long learning for no other reason than the simple joy of it; who, above all, untangles complexity and uncomplicates life with an amazing ability to zero in on the core truth of any situation with laser-like precision. This is his gift to me.

I love you. And I am grateful for 20 years of simple truths.