Last week’s reading, and assorted other things

March 10, 2014 @ 2:50 pm | Filed under: , ,


Things I read last week:

finished Howards End

—the “Keeps House” chapter of Milly-Molly-Mandy (a favorite because of Billy Blunt pretending to be a Mr. Snooks)

Queen of England: The Story of Elizabeth by Helene Hanff

—essay, “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens,” Alice Walker

—began Where Angels Fear to Tread


I spent the past week (month) (several months) in panic/crunch mode on a manuscript and missed commemorating a rather significant milestone here: Scott and I celebrated the 25th anniversary of our first date. Our 20th wedding anniversary is coming up in May, but in many ways this week’s date is the more significant, the more earthshaking, life-altering. We met at callbacks for a college play (Black Comedy) in February 1989. I was head over heels for him immediately. He seemed keen on me too. On March 3rd I invited him to my roommate’s birthday party. He took some coaxing—not a partygoer, is he—and somehow we wound up at a different party, either before or after my roomie’s (college, man), and we fell into a discussion of our mutual favorite books, The Lord of the Rings (remember, this was long before the films and you were part of a relatively small geeky subset if you were a Tolkien nut) and, well, we’ve been pretty much inseparable ever since. (Even my two years in grad school in North Carolina, when he was working in NYC, we talked every single night on the phone. And that brutal three-month stretch in 2006 just after Rilla was born when he came out here to San Diego to start the new job and I was back in Virginia trying to sell the house, we had an IM window open round the clock and often spent our evenings working together, each on our respective assignments. Ping, ping, ping.) I am still as ridiculously crazy about him as I was that very first day.

Anyway. I put some pictures on Facebook. Later in the week I was clicking around on the ‘related links’ below my posts, wandering back through funny kid stories I would have forgotten if I hadn’t blogged them, and I got swept with a tidal wave of gratitude for the chronicle this blog has become, this diary of our lives. His blog, too—even more so than mine, in so many ways—practically nothing is sweeter to me than glimpsing our children through his eyes, from his inimitable perspective. So, because I know I’ll be glad later that I did, I’m posting the photos here too.

Egg hunt 1989

Pretty sure this was the first picture ever taken of us. Would have been late March, 1989. Rehearsals for Black Comedy. In that show, if you haven’t seen it, there’s a blackout five minutes into the play, and the characters spend the entire rest of the show in the dark. When the show opens, the stage is pitch black, but for the characters there is light, and they are walking and talking as if all is normal. Then boom, blackout: the stage lights come up, and the actors stumble around as if plunged into utter darkness. We had to stick around campus during Spring Break and rehearse, and at one point there was a blindfolded egg hunt on the stage. You can tell our respective feelings about children’s Easter chocolate. I cannot say I have matured in that regard in the slightest.


Some months later but still ’89. I can tell because of the lipstick. It wouldn’t have been long after that that I bumped into Scott on my way (late) to an 8am class and he was all, wow, you look great, and I was all, but I don’t even have any makeup on…Ohhh. I just may marry this boy.

still goofy

Recently. Still goofy. Still head over heels.

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  1. Ellie says:

    You guys are so cute 🙂 happy anniversaries 🙂

  2. sarah says:

    Happy anniversary. You two are one of my favourite love stories.

  3. Tina says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both! I love this since my husband and I are celebrating the 29th anniversary of our first date today! We’ve always given the first date anniversary as much (or more) celebration than our wedding anniversary so I can relate. Congrats!

  4. tanita says:

    I LOVE that you have the anniversary of your first date in March. So do we! And, we’re …twenty years this year, too.

    Which means we all got married in middle school.

    I have no pictures, though.
    You guys are ADORBS. You have my vote for fave love story, too. Congratulations, mazel tov, and blessings. ♥♥♥

  5. Christina says:

    Umm, where did you get that awesome t-shirt? I may need to purchase several.

    Love this post. A happy marriage is such a blessing. Happy anniversaries!

  6. Melissa Wiley says:

    Christina, I bought at Comic-Con a few years ago and wear it WAY too often. 🙂 When it comes out of the laundry (case in point) I’ll check the tag for the maker.

    Thank you for the sweet words, everyone!

  7. Tabatha says:

    Aww! I remember seeing you two together in ’89. (I can’t imagine why you would need make-up, ever!) What a wonderful gift for your kids, having parents who enjoy each other so much.

  8. lesley austin says:

    So wonderful…