June 4th is my ultimate concierge‘s and my late husband Michael’s birthdays. Today I will celebrate both of their birthdays. I will light a candle for Michael. I will celebrate with Shelly. Two loves at different stages of life. I was 18 years old when I met Michael. I was in my 40s when I met Shelly.
The moment I saw you twenty-eight years ago, I had strong unexpected emotional feelings. I had been a widow for ten months on that sunny November day in 1990. Ever since that moment 28 years later, whenever I see you enter a room, my little heart still goes pitter patter. I am madly in love with you. While I recognize that I am as important in the success of our relationship, I am also aware that it is usually the woman who makes a marriage work. Not in our marriage. When my cup is feeling empty, you fill it up. You have always made me your priority. I am grateful that I am your wife.
That Is This Thing Called Love
Shelly Good, every action we take is proceeded by a thought. When I met you in my early 40s, I knew the importance of listening to and following my thoughts. As did you. When we met, we knew we did not have to look further for love. That is this thing called love. I love you, Shelly Good.
While we hadn’t yet spoken a word, my first thought when I saw you I knew I loved you. Your first words to me, “I feel I have known you forever.” Love is electrifying. Love is intoxicating. That is how I felt when I met you. It is how I feel now, only more so. That is this thing called love. I love you, Shelly Good.
On that momentous first date on that November day, you took me to a beautiful restaurant for brunch and after spending two hours together, your thoughts turned to romance. “I made a list of seven qualities I am looking for in a wife. You have all of them. I am going to marry you!” Your words startled me and my little heart skipped a beat. I knew I would be your wife. That is this thing called love. I love you, Shelly Good, for falling in love with me.
Our thoughts flow in the same direction, like a clear water spring, and our actions are in sync. If I had made that list of seven facets I required in a husband, my list would have mirrored yours. It is a magical and settling feeling to live with a likeminded individual. Our magic together keeps the sparks flying. A settling feeling brings peace. That is this thing called love.
I Love You, Shelly Good
In the few areas where we don’t mirror one another, I find our differences electrifying because two heads are often better than one. I love you, Shelly Good.
You are the realist; I am your adventuresome soul mate. You weigh everything. I have wanderlust. You tend to see the glass half empty. I see the glass half full. You are my safety net, my rock. That is this thing called love. I love you, Shelly Good.
Do you recall the evening we took the kids to the rib joint? Remember there were sinks scattered around so we could wash our hands after dinner. You said, “let’s wash our hands.” You noticed I didn’t take a napkin from the table so you took two. You asked, “Why aren’t you taking a napkin in case there isn’t a towel?” I replied, “Because there will be a towel.” You are the yin to my yang. That is this thing called love. I love you, Shelly Good.
Our Fierce Closeness Keeps Us Together
You have allowed me to live my wanderlust lifestyle–traveling here, there and exploring new avenues. Remember our adventuresome trip to Syria, Saudi Arabia and Iran? When I brought these ideas to your attention, you looked perplexed. You were leery but you saw my enthusiasm and happily said, “Let’s go!” Oh what adventures we have shared and how we have expanded our knowledge of the world and enhanced our lives as a couple. You make my dreams come true. That is this thing called love. I love you, Shelly Good.
One day I said to you, “I miss not having a dog. I’ve always had dogs. Can we get a dog?” You mentioned you’ve never had a dog. But once again, you saw my need and Orchid Good came into our lives. Now we have America Good and you are as happy as I am. We are in sync. That is this thing called love. That is why I love you, Shelly Good.
We have lived through difficult ordeals and survived because of our fierce closeness. That is why I love you, Shelly Good
You Are My Dearest and Best Friend in The World
You are over the top open with your love. Strong and extremely kindhearted, you are also serious, very curious and fun loving. You share your thoughts openly and listen fully. Intelligent and charitable, you are always caring and helpful. You are generous, always sharing with others. You excite me! That is this thing called love. That is why I love you, Shelly Good.
Do you know the secret you hold in your hand to have your wife say, “There is no one in this world that I love more than you, Shelly Good.” It is your essence; it is your presence. It is ‘the you’ in you. Happy birthday, Shelly Good! May God bless you.