Today is my 38th wedding anniversary. I wasn’t sure what I could write about 38 years in just one post, but I’ll give it a shot.
I’ve always liked watermelons 🍉. They appeal to me in every shape and form. I like the way they smell, the way they look on the inside, and the seeds that make them strong and vibrant. Some people prefer seedless watermelons because you get to the good stuff fast. But I like watermelons with seeds, because you have to work hard to find the sweet stuff inside.
I prefer watermelons with lots of seeds actually. The seeds determine the outcome, and strong seeds produce strong watermelons.
I like that you have to pound on them to see if they’re good. The outsides important, but it’s the inside that’s just really delicious. It takes a while to figure out how to to pick a good watermelon. You have to get a few bad ones, before you appreciate how good a ripe watermelon actually is.
On a summer day, when the sun is shining at just the right moment, a slice of watermelon is like finishing a good book, going to a play you actually understand, or watching a sporting event where everything just lines up in the favor of the team your rooting for.
I used to work at Mr Yogurt when I was in high school. The yogurt was amazing there and they made their granola from scratch. It had a lot of coconut , honey and just the right amount of oats.
But for some reason, when my work day was over, I always felt the best when I would make a watermelon shake out of vanilla yogurt. It was a good way to end a long work week, especially if I had to clean out the yogurt machines.
My marriage to Daren is like a watermelon shake . I’ve always loved watermelon from the first time I tasted it. I feel the same about Daren. From the very beginning I liked him and could never find a reason to not want to be with him. Yet, there were times when he was a little hard to figure out, his outside was sometimes hard to slice, but once I found out how to slice watermelon, I learned how to give Daren, just the right amount of time, to figure things out.
Because I’ve always loved watermelon, I’ve always loved Daren. For the most part, it’s been pretty easy to love him.
However, after 38 years, I’ve discovered that the inside of the watermelon gets better with time, with experience, with mistakes of maybe picking a bad melon more than you want to admit, but always fighting for that watermelon that just seems to feel right on a summer day in June.
Watermelon has become a taste of choice for me. I love watermelon jolly ranchers, water melon suckers , watermelon snow cones, watermelon pop sickles, and watermelon laughy taffy, and now my all time favorite treat is, is “watermelon gummies”.
I’m a summer girl, with summer dreams, and summer memories. Since water is one of my favorite elements, it makes sense to love watermelons. Because Daren is definitely my favorite person, it makes sense to love watermelons more 🍉 today more than I did yesterday.
Happy 38th anniversary Daren Hogge, and thanks for always making it easy just to love you a little bit more EVERYDAY.