People say that the 10th, 25th and 50th wedding anniversaries are the big ones. They are supposed to be very significant mile markers in a marriage. Well, Christina and I just passed our first mile marker yesterday. I cannot believe we have been married for 10 years. It will be awesome to live long enough to experience the 50th.
Yesterday I was going at 100 mph emotionally and mentally. I was trying to finish off a paper for my doctoral class. I was so determined to finish, not only because of the deadline, but because I did not want this paper to distract me from spending time with Christina. I don’t think I need to go through the ramifications of being there physically but not mentally… Ha!
I know that all the anniversaries are special (brownie points) but for some reason hitting the double digits made me very nostalgic. When I proposed to Christina 10 years ago, we had dinner in the Signature Room on the 95th floor of the John Hancock building in Chicago. Therefore, I decided to take her to a restaurant that had the highest elevation in downtown Detroit. After some research, I found a restaurant in the Renaissance Center and then made the reservation for two.
The view from the 72nd floor (where the restaurant was located) was awesome. We were able to see Windsor, Canada and all of downtown Detroit. But the time spent together eating, laughing and reminiscing about the last 10 years of marriage was the highlight – the view was just an extra bonus. As we were waiting for our food, I suggested that we come up with 10 things that we are thankful for or things that we appreciated about each other (you know me and trying to be purposeful… haha!). I was so shocked because this was the first time I came up with 10 things faster than Christina… a miracle happened on the 72nd floor. But then again, why was she having such a hard time coming up with 10 things 😉
We then walked around the River Front and took some pictures together. Thank God for the automatic timers! Then, we drove back to Ann Arbor for her favorite dessert. My life would never be the same without Christina… thank you sweetie, for 10 awesome years!
Side note: For some reason, as we were driving back to Ann Arbor, I got an inspiration about future wedding anniversaries. I was thinking that it would be cool to go to some of the tallest buildings around the world and celebrate our anniversary at a restaurant on top of the building. I thought this was a great idea but my practical-minded wife thought I was crazy! Hmm… for some reason when she is at sea-level, she gets so practical… maybe we should go hang-gliding.
Here are some pics from the night:
The view as we were having dinner
Seeing the sunset at 727 ft is quite an experience
Trying to be king and queen but we need to grow up a bit
Down by the river…
I could not resist… when I saw the picture of the world with the lights…
I was reminded of the mission and vision of transformation…
You should have seen Christina roll her eyes.