As of tomorrow, Elaine and I will reach the combined age of one hundred, as she celebrates her fiftieth birthday, just three weeks after I reached my half century.
We had a joint party on Saturday night, which started at 7 o’clock and finally came to an end at something after 2am. It was lovely to see so many people take the time to come along; most had been at our wedding back in 2008, and I hope they enjoyed their night as much as we did. My own personal highlight was just seeing Elaine looking so happy, dancing away in the conservatory to yet another crap Bay City Rollers track!
This year has certainly not been without its struggles and worries, but I know that the worst days with Elaine in my life are still better than the best without her. What I want more than anything is to make her happy . . . to give her the best life I possibly can. We both went through a lot of what is technically known as “crap” before we met, but I suppose we all have tough times in our lives, and we get through them the best we can in the hope that the future that’s mapped out for us is a happy one.
I absolutely believe we were fated to be together and everything that we faced separately, ultimately led to us meeting. If just one thing had happened differently, so the eventual outcome would inevitably change, and if there is only one set of circumstances that brings two people together, then for my part, everything I’ve been through can be justified simply because I’m lucky enough to be sharing my life with somebody so special.
There is still one part of Elaine’s life that I wish was different, but I can’t influence—and a pain that is not eased by the passage of time. I’ve mentioned Elaine’s dignity and strength before, and I just hope that one day her life’s jigsaw is completed by that much missed final piece. . . .
For now though, I just want to wish my wonderful wife a happy 50th birthday—I hope you have a wonderful day darling. Thank you for everything . . . I love you more than you know xxx.