On a day like today, I was at the salon having come from the banquet hall, getting my hair done for my wedding. I have no idea what Alan was doing.
I woke up on Friday December 5th, 2003 with a lot to do and very little time to do it. First off, I needed to pick up one of my friends Ana Maria del Pino, who was staying at a hotel. With her and my maiden of honor, Marisol, in tow, we drove to the banquet hall to place the almendritas and the chocolate takeaways we had prepared the night before. Mami did the almendritas (I wish I had a picture of them in this computer, she did a great job!), and I did the chocolate wrappers. Mami was already at the peluqueria while we were on this errand. We also dropped of the cake topper and the toast flutes.
When we walked it I was shocked. It all looked so beautiful, and we were running late. So we worked really fast and sped to the peluqueria. There Mami – figuring I hadn’t eaten – was waiting for me with a cortadito and a palmera. And my stylist got to work. Once done I drove us all home, while wearing the crown and veil mind you, and everything else kept falling into place. We had a beautiful wedding!
It’s been 7 years since that date. SEVEN. YEARS. We an hardly believe it; for us it feels like it was yesterday. These 7 years have been busy for us. In 2004 we moved to Rhode Island where we spent the next 5 years while I worked on my Ph.D. degree. Alan started working towards his degree as well. We went to see the Red Sox, visited Boston often, and made many good and wonderful friends. In 2009 we moved to Rochester, where we started a new life with me finally an Assistant Professor, and Alan able to give himself 100% to his studies. We’ve gone to Chile twice, to Puerto Rico and Miami more than that, we’ve had dark moments and beautiful moments, and somehow it all has been great. I really could not ask for a better husband or marriage, warts and all. I definitely married a life partner.
Here is this year’s picture, taking in August when we went to New England and visited Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. If you ever have the chance to go, do it. You will not regret it.
So today, December 5, 201o, we raise our glasses with you so that we may share with you seven more years!
Happy Anniversary to us!!!!