Friday, January 1, 2010

Six Years

Because a holiday season packed with Hanukkah, my birthday, and Christmas just wasn't enough for Husband and me, we decided to get married, six years ago today, on New Year's Day in the city where we met, fell in love, and lived for several years - both as students and as adults.

I knew then and know today that I have found in Husband a best friend and a life companion; what I only guessed at then were the ways in which the contours of my love for him would grow and mature when we decided to bring our sons into the world.  For Husband is not only a wonderful partner, he is also an extraordinary father.  I am blessed to have found him and feel lucky that he agreed to walk along the path of this shared life by my side.

Husband and I were married in a civil ceremony.  We chose selections from our favorite poets and authors to share with our assembled family and friends.  Among those was a poem by Yehuda Amichai, "Now That The Water Presses Hard."  I'd like to share it with you today, as a reminder to myself of that special day six years ago, as a reminder of the power of love in a world of prevailing indifference, as a reminder of the hope of spring on this wintry first day of a new year, on this dawn of a new decade.

Now that the water presses hard
On the walls of the dam,
Now that the returning white storks
In the middle of the firmament
Turn into flocks of jet planes,
We will feel again how strong are the ribs,
How bold the warm air in the lungs,
How urgent the daring to love in the open plain,
When great dangers arch overhead
And how much love is needed
To fill all the empty vessels
And the watches that stopped telling time,
And how much breath,
A blizzard of breath
To sing the little Song of Spring

May you and yours enjoy a happy, healthy, and peaceful new year.  Here's to a fabulous decade!


  1. Happy New Year and Happy Anniversary!

  2. Happy New Year and Happy 6th Anniversary!

  3. That is beautiful.
    Happy Anniversary, and Happy New Year!

  4. A magnificent poem! Happy Anniversary and New Year!

  5. And how much love to make and fortify the vessels of our love. Happy Anniversary and all else.

    Namaste, Bruce

  6. Happy Anniversary, Kristen! What a lovely day to pick for new beginnings and how nice to handpick the contents of your ceremony.

  7. Happy Anniversary to the two of you!

  8. Not surprisingly, it seems as if you had a special, beautiful, personal wedding ceremony! Congratulations on 6 years and here's to many, many more!


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