Erika at Chimerikal asked us to reflect on gratitude for the end of 2013, and I have a lot to be thankful for this year: my home, which is quaint and beautiful and bright and welcoming, my job for a company that shares my values, my friends and family who keep me sane and happy. I’ve gotten to travel frequently and experience some wonderful food, places, people, and things. I have three cats who make me smile and give in to all the cuddles. My ears have been charmed and spangled with music from some of my favorite bands. Even when I’m having an off day, I can’t deny that I have luck in spades.
2013 will always be remembered as the year I got engaged. It will be remembered as the year that Tom and I bought a house and moved in together, the afternoon brunches, the warmth of waking up in his arms, the late, late nights spent lazing around with each other.
I am so grateful for Tom because he sees me for me and loves me for all that I am. He understands me and grounds me and gives me hope. I could not imagine a better friend or better lover, he is my soul mate and my everything. His calm compliments my crazy, he is sensible when I am rash; we round each other out. I could not imagine my life without him.
Loving Tom makes me believe in myself. His love makes me strive to be wonderful, because he only deserves the wonderful. He makes me understand wordless things. When there is music he really loves playing, or when a guitar falls under the spell of his fingers, I swear he glows. He is understanding and wise and clever and practical and soothing.
Every day I get to spend with him is, invariably, one of the better days of my life.