Brenda and I met up around 1982 when she asked me to dance one night at a punk show some where on the West side of Grand Rapids. We danced one song and that was it. A few years later I would ask her to dance when we were both at the Intersection (a local music venue and bar still around but much larger then it was back then.) for a fundraiser concert. We have been dancing for the past 28 years.
It is an amazing thing to be in a romantic relationship this long because of all the many layers that come with the many years of shared experiences. There are so many zillions of movies that celebrate the beginning of love relationships particularly regarding youth. There are so very few stories told of couples that go on year after year slowly building a life together through triumph and disaster, up the mountains and through the valleys.
I am so thankful to have the partner that I have and for the life we share together. I remind myself this morning that this can not be taken for granted and must continued to be renewed daily otherwise we begin a slow quiet death almost imperceptible until it is too late. On this plane of existence we are all facing the drag of entropy and decay. We counter this with love, faith and moving into each day with the fresh hope of a child who doesn't know any better. As for love I have to say, "more please".