Neil and I celebrated our 6th anniversary on Friday in our usual, quiet way. We picked a special recipe and made dinner together. We made a point of lighting a few candles while we ate dinner at the table. I made dessert for a change. The steak au poivre recipe is one of Neil’s specialties, and the beef was from a local farm. Ditto the salad, and the strawberries on top of the angel food cake (and the eggs inside it). Even the salad dressing was home made, Neil’s given up on store bought ranch dressing.
It wasn’t ready to eat until 8:30 though, which is also symbolic of our current state of business. We’ve had an especially busy year. Neil’s gone back to school full time in hopes of finishing his degree in a year, that’s on top of working part time. Meanwhile I have my full time job along side all my design work, which I’m trying to increase as well.
We can do all this because we support each other. We both help with the chores around the house; we both cook, we both clean. I man the flash cards when Neil’s studying for an exam, and he helps wind yarn when I’m knitting under a looming deadline. That’s all part of the team work involved in making things work, and now that we’re up to 6 years I think we’re starting to get the hang of it! There will always be more to learn, and that’s ok too.
Besides, almost anything beats last year, when we spent our anniversary in a mechanic’s yard clearing out our totaled car before the wrecker came for it.