Seven Reasons for Seven Years

Today is my 7th wedding anniversary. To mark this day, here are seven reasons why I think I my husband is practically perfect in every way.

He is the very best father I could have hoped my children would have: endlessly patient, hands-on, loving, kind. A perfect example of what a good human being should be.

He is my best friend and my partner in everything. Our relationship has changed a little over the years – we don’t get drunk and ruin language teachers’ parties any more (a story for another time). But now I can spend twenty minutes discussing whether Andy from CBeebies is really tall or just relatively tall and the rest of the CBeebies team are short – and then have an imaginary sweepstake guessing the actual figure for his height. And this classes as an evening’s entertainment.*

He bakes brownies spontaneously. Often, the first time I realise is when the smell floats out of the kitchen. It’s very hard not to like someone who regularly surprises you with baked goods.


He remembers. He remembers to put my laundry in the dryer when I would have gone to bed and forgotten. He remembers to bring me ketchup with my meals (a very big deal. You wouldn’t like me without ketchup). He remembers a million little things every day that make all our lives easier.

He cries at Pixar films. He tries to hide it, but I’ve seen him surreptitiously wipe his face and then pretend nothing has happened. Please don’t mention Bing Bong to us. The pain is still too near.

He is an excellent chef and does all the cooking. Seriously, my meals look like this:

daddy cooks food

Every trial we face: sleepless nights, anxiety, autism – every worry about work, money, life – he is there, making any trouble bearable, making it the only life I want to be living, making him the only person I want to be living it with.

Happy anniversary, dearest.


*6′ 4 and a half, if anyone is interested. So pretty tall.

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16 thoughts on “Seven Reasons for Seven Years

  1. Ahhh, this is so lovely!! It’s wonderful when you are with someone so fab, and that cooking, oh em gee!! Especially the surprise brownies, that would be my idea of heaven!!! Thanks for linking up with us. #bigpinklink

  2. Happy anniversary! This post made me smile over and over! #kcacols
    ps you said Bing Bong, we cried so much we had to sneak away form the kids during the movie!

  3. Aww that’s really lovely, they are deffinately all good traits! I’m now wondering if I can think of 4 things for my partner

  4. What a lovely catch, Happy Anniversary. When you spend so long with someone they know all about you and what you need. It’s great that he knows you need baked goods! Send some Brownies my way!

  5. Happy Anniversary to such a beautiful couple.
    The love you have for him is palpable and I’m so happy to hear that he still sweeps you off your feet-even after all these years! This post left me with a huge grin on my face, and an urge to text my husband <3 #KCACOLS

  6. Happy Anniversary. Love that Magnolia tree as the backdrop in your wedding pic. Who wouldn’t love a man that cooks like that! He sounds like a keeper. Here’s to many more happy years #KCACOLS

  7. Aww this post is so lovely!! I really think that finding the perfect match for you is the key for happiness!! Happy Anniversary lovely!! He sounds like an awesome guy and of course a keeper!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I love having you here. I hope to see you again on Sunday!!

  8. You made me laugh out loud at your evening entertainment! And yes, I think that is tall. He bakes? I need one of those! Happy anniversary to you both sweetie, I hope you got some time out to enjoy your day lovely. #KCACOLS xx

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