"Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are - chaff and grain together - certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blow the rest away." - FROM "FRIENDSHIP" BY DINAH CRAIK
Almost four years ago I married my very best friend, and every day I'm more amazed by how real his love is. To be honest, I didn't know love like this could even exist - I just thought I was supposed to find someone I had a good time with and we would live a happy life together. And I'm sure I would've been happy, had that been the case. But this is more than happily ever after...This is an amazing transformation into a person I never thought I could be, and it's because of love - real, true love. No other person can take all of the awkward, troubled parts of me and make it into something glowing and lovely the way that Ben can. He's that faithful hand that sifts out the sorriness and paints the silver lining on the clouds.
Well, with all of this trying to be poetic and such, I wanted to give a fitting tribute to the man who's worked SO HARD over the past three years...Studying late night after night after night, and driving an hour-and-a-half back and forth from class day after day after day, always beat, but always glad to listen to my cares and buoy me up when everything had gone all wrong. He's been the most faithful friend and hard-working provider-to-be that any wife could ever ask for.
And today he finished his VERY LAST final exam for pharmacy school! This is a big, BIG milestone. Of course, he's still got a year of pharmacy rotations before he can don the funny-looking doctor's cap and robe to accept his degree, plus an intense board exam before he can become a legally licensed drug dealer, and then he'll be finding a job who knows where and we'll probably be moving again (we're going 5 for 5!), but NOW is the time to celebrate all of the years of hard work he's put in to get to where he is now (5 years as a chemistry major + 3 years in pharmacy school = 8 years of never-ending studying, brain-draining exams, and zombie-like sleep deprivation).
You know, when you're climbing a mountain, you're facing up toward the peak and so you can always see how far you've got to go, but you've got to stop every once in a while and take a look behind you to see how far you've come already. If you've ever experienced this first-hand (climbing a mountain in reality, that is), you know how surprising and exhilarating it can be to look down and see how far below you started your climb. That's how we feel in this moment, and it feels GREAT!
So, congratulations to my wonderful husband and very best friend, Ben...You amaze me!