I saw him the day after, and the day after that, and more or less every day from then until now. It didn't take long for us to both realize how happy we were. Not just in the infatuated, honeymoon stage of a new relationship, but in the "I've found my person" way.
This is not an anniversary we celebrate. In fact, I can almost guarantee he's not going to know it passed until he reads this post. However, fifteen years was worth a mention. Because the wedding anniversary gets all the hoopla, but the truth is we put in five solid years before the marriage. Without those years to make sure we were "all in" I don't know if we'd have the foundation we built to prepare us for the sometimes challenging future we had ahead. I think it's safe to say we got it right, or have at least been constantly working to get it right for fifteen years and counting.
Today on Thanksgiving I have so much to be thankful for. None of it would be possible had I not met this guy and had our first date fifteen years ago today.