This past weekend we celebrated Mike's birthday. Now if you know me well, you know I'm of the opinion that all birthdays are special and need to be celebrated, but last year I did things a bit backwards. As far as milestone celebrations go, it was admittedly a bit lack-lustre. It was number three - point - oh, and we didn't really do anything over the top to mark the occasion. To be honest, I've been feeling a bit guilty the whole year since.
And I don't know if it was the mental trauma of leaving his 20's, or if it all of those big life road-blocks just coincided at once, but in general, last year wasn't all that terrific for either Mike, or I. In a nutshell, there were a lot of health issues within our family, Mike had a crisis of motivation and stopped doing stand-up comedy, I dropped out of journalism school… and then, thrown into that mix we had some financial hardships, and a new puppy that completely uprooted our life. So looking back, it's sometimes easy to fixate on a year that just kicked the stuffing out of us.
But we're through that season now. And when we were in the thick of it, there were moments when I wasn't sure we'd make it to the other side. But now that we're here, I know my life is all the more blessed for having endured it. Cheesy... but truly? It just goes to show you that things are never as bad as they seem.
So all things considered, this year seemed like a birthday, to really celebrate. AND if you can believe it, I managed to throw Mike a whopper of a surprise party. Yes, the guy who walks into a room and notices if you move a throw pillow from one couch to the other - I surprised him (honestly I thought the stereotype was that men are supposed to miss small details). It involved a lot of white lies. But when it comes down to it, I'm an experienced plotter. I wish I could have captured his face as he slowly pieced it all together. He said it took him a good 20 minutes to understand the extent of all the planning and elements that went into the whole thing.
I feel really, really lucky that I get to grow old with this guy. He's just my favourite. And if there's a rosy glow over a year like last year, I'm positive, (like all the wise men do say), that the best is still yet to come.
And now, I've got the upper hand because who knows when one is plotting a surprise? :D