When Jason and Lily left yesterday I said to Mr. Moon, "They are the sweetest little family," and they are. There they went, Jason in the back seat between his two buckled-in sons, giving Gibson a little bottle and Owen yelling out the window, "I love you!" and Lily driving them all home, their groceries in the car.
The sweetest little family.
You know what today is? Their fourth anniversary. Yep. Four years ago Lily and Jason stood together on a beautiful spring day and Hank said the words and they were married.
And in the ensuing four years they have taken that bond they made and done beautiful things with it.
They've worked so hard. They've been so responsible. They are so loving.
And really, they are so young.
But here they are with their own little house with their own yard and garden and a sleepy, mellow cat and two fine boys. And they're such naturals at being parents that it knocks me out.
I'm going to tell you something: Lily and Jason both had a LOT of ya-ya's to get out before they settled down. Uh-huh. They did. Both before they met each other and after.
There were some, uh, rough patches in their beginnings. There were some, uh, difficulties. But they found their way.
And here they are.
When I talked yesterday about how well Owen is adapting to being a big brother I should have said more about that. About how it's going so well because Owen has no doubt that he is loved and cherished and part of a loving family. Because that's what makes it so much easier for him to accept a new brother. He has a mama and a daddy who take such good care of him and who love him and consider his well-being with every breath they take. And it shows.
Four years. But they've been together a lot longer than that. Since they were kids, really. And now they have kids and in that, they have given me more joy than they'll ever know until those kids grow up and give them some grandchildren. But it's not just the grandsons they've given me. It's the incredible peace of mind I have about them and their future. I know that Lily and Jason's love and bond and their shared sense of responsibility are all so strong that I don't have to lay awake at night and worry.
You can't buy that for a million dollars.
Or even a billion.
It's luck and it's love and it's what it's all about.
Did I post this already?
If I did, it bears repeating.
That was three weeks and three days ago.
And that? Four years ago.
Happy anniversary, Lily and Jason.
We are so proud of you. We love you so much.
Thank-you for loving each other and thank-you for letting us all be a part of your life and your love. Life isn't always easy and marriage sure as hell isn't either. Neither is being parents. But you two have proven that taking the love and the luck and doing the work to keep it all rolling and make it all multiply is what it's all about.
Keep loving. Keep working. Keep dancing. Keep laughing.