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Sometimes it is good to stand still, let go, do nothing.
Slow down, deviate from routine
Unwind, clear the slate, grab a fresh bunch of color pencils
And dream.

Today is my nineteenth wedding anniversary and I feel blessed to have known my life partner for twenty glorious, laughter filled years. Sure we’ve had our moments, but even as we argued, squabbled, disagreed, rolled our eyes, we were building our relationship based on trust, humor (a lot of it) and love.

I am not really in the pink of health today, what with high sugar levels and an ear ailment that just doesn’t want to let go of me, and an annoying cold. The worst part, strangely, is the temporary reduced hearing, thanks to the treatment, which promises to make things much better. Okay, the yucky part is the smell of the ear drops – based in turpentine – that seems permanently stuck between my ears and therefore, my brain. I can’t believe I actually used to like the smell of paint and such…but not as a constant. I feel lethargic all day.

But I am grateful for the quiet time and being able to lie in bed and read. A lot.

So we’re not celebrating our anniversary in the traditional sense. But some things do constitute as celebrations and these were:

  • Phone calls from close friends to wish us
  • Coffee together in the morning
  • Being able to cook lunch
  • Freedom to take a nap without feeling guilty
  • Enjoy wallowing in memories
  • Feel happy about our closeness
  • Playing with emoticons on chat. We discover new ones that make us laugh all the time
  • Not worrying about a full sink, it certainly isn’t going anywhere
  • Same with the laundry, pretty much stationary too, and patiently waiting
  • Looking around our messy home, lovingly, thinking of the story behind each object and smiling
  • Savoring a nice long hot bath. Not shower. With a brand new bar of soap, no less. Bliss
  • A long drink of water – sometimes nothing tastes better than H2O.
  • Listening to our son urging us to do something “special’ each time we spoke to him
  • Taking a walk together on the terrace
  • Thinking of my Mom and imagining her shower her love on us
  • Filled with gratitude for life, just as it is.

That’s all.

Life is good. And I am blessed.

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16 Comments

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    Obsessivemom
    February 11, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    There you go again looking for blessings in your ear ailment!! Do take care Vidya. Here’s wishing you a very happy anniversary
    May you have many years of togetherness filled with love and laughter and good health too.

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      Vidya Sury
      February 11, 2016 at 7:35 pm

      Hehe. Thank you Tulika! I feel much better already! Mmuah!
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    Sid
    February 11, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Ok, I’ll never get you earbuds again! Wonder when you’ll learn there’s no treasure hidden in there.
    That aside, I love reading your posts, Vidya. They do make me smile – as do you πŸ™‚
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      Vidya Sury
      February 11, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Sorry Sid! I really had no inkling I’d get so addicted to the buds. Sigh. Lesson learned! I will simply walk past the bud shelf without even looking at it from now on! Hehe. Thank you! Ditto to your writing!
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    Shantala
    February 11, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Trust you to find the blessings in being sick, and feeling lethargic!

    Wishing you both a very happy anniversary, and many more years of love and togetherness. πŸ™‚
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      Vidya Sury
      February 11, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Life’s kind of better when you laugh at things, Shantala. In my case, I really have no choice. The man I married is always punning and joking! And I love it. Thank you so much!
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    Rekha
    February 11, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    A Very Happy Anniversary to the two of you! And I hope you get well soon. Togetherness itself is a celebration… Isn’t it? Stay blessed, Vidya! πŸ™‚
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    Beloo Mehra
    February 11, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Happy anniversary! And get well soon. Your ability to feel a sense of gratitude in every little and big happening in life is inspiring. I like the reference to the sink and laundry being stationary πŸ™‚ Why do we let these little things interfere with our potential bliss? I sometimes wonder.
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      Vidya Sury
      February 11, 2016 at 11:33 pm

      Thank you Beloo! Funny thing is, I enjoy doing the dishes and the laundry! Instant gratification there – I actually use them to de-stress plus win-win on getting the job done! Hehehehe.
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    Maggie @ SelfThrive
    February 12, 2016 at 12:22 am

    I love all the things that you can find a celebration in! It really inspires me to pay attention to the little details in life and what joy can come out of them. I especially appreciate you including something as simple as taking a drink of water. I have a water bottle next to me which I drank from as soon as I read that, and you’re absolutely right – sometimes there really is nothing better!

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    Birgit
    February 12, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Happy belated wedding anniversary. It is often the simple things that can fill us with joy and so many forget that. I hope you will be feeling better soon and that your ear clears up. Enjoy reading and taking things a bit easy

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    T. Powell Coltrin
    February 12, 2016 at 9:30 pm

    Wishing you a belated Happy Anniversary. I hope by now you are feeling better. You have such a great attitude. I love it!

    Teresa

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    Rajlakshmi
    February 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    A very happy wedding anniversary to both of you πŸ˜€
    hahaha I love your take on stationery laundry and dishes πŸ˜€ Gotta teach that to my husband πŸ˜› Beautiful post.
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      Vidya Sury
      February 16, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Thank you Rajlakshmi! Hahaha! In our house Sury is in charge of laundry!
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