Twenty Wonderful Years
Today's is the twentieth anniversary of the day Subbasket made me the luckiest man on earth. Through 20 years, 13 moves, four six-month periods where the Navy kept me away from home, three kids (one of which she had when I was at sea), several hundred baskets, and one eternal love, she's filled my life with joy. I can't thank her enough for saving me.
We got married about 6 1/2 months after we first met; I was just finishing prototype training here in Idaho, and she was a student at Idaho State University. I was transferring at the end of June, and we decided to get married in September. Since I was going to be stationed in Lawrence, KS, and wouldn't be able to get more than the weekend off, we had to get married near my home, in Malcolm, Nebraska (just outside of Lincoln). As soon as we figured this out, I called my Mom and told her the joyous news. I asked when the first open weekend in September was, and she said that the first Saturday was open. (For those not from Nebraska, "open weekend" in the fall means a day when there's not a home football game.) I let Subbasket know, and she started ordering invitations and whatnot.
A couple weeks later, my Mom called with bad news -- they'd moved the date of the first football game (against Florida State) up a week, and now it would be on our wedding day! I figured this wasn't a problem; this left the next Saturday open. I called Subbasket to tell her, but for some reason she didn't want to move her wedding because of a football game. Since it turned out the wedding was going to be at 7pm, and the game started about 2pm, I figured it would work out OK (i.e. guests could still make it to the wedding after the game).
It ended up working out fine... most of the wedding party went to the game (I didn't, as Subbasket let me know that if I did there'd be no wedding) and left at halftime to get ready. (They didn't miss much; all the scoring was in the first half of a 17-13 FSU victory -- the last time Nebraska lost an opening game, btw). Unfortunately, Subbasket's family was staying at a hotel across town, and got caught in post-game traffic, so they didn't arrive at the church until 6:58, but she looked so beautiful, and I was so amazed that such a wonderful woman would even consider marrying me, that I didn't mind.
Thank you, my dearest love, for everything...