Today is our 10th wedding anniversary. Are we going out to eat at an awesome restaurant like Primo? Nope. We are snowed in. Do I care? Not really. Why not, you ask? I mean, 10 years is a LONG fucking time to be married. It’s a decade. We should celebrate! Well I’ll tell you in a second but first, I’d like to say for the record – Kid is 5, in case there was any question of my parental state when we got hitched. Why would someone say such a thing? Because you see, when we got married we looked like this:

Who are these whippersnappers?

Wow, those are some young ass peeps in that picture.  Who gets married that young if they aren’t knocked up? WE DO, that’s who. And, we make it work, because we fucking love each other damnit. You should know too, that by the time we got married we had already been together for the better part of 6 years.  That’s right. On the night we met, this was happening: 
Wait, is that OJ? Is that the damn White Bronco chase? Yes, yes it is. 
So, back to us. And why I don’t care we are snowed in. Because it’s FATE people. Because it’s the great Karmic Wheel. You see 10 years ago, Mr. Kastelein and I went down to the Bahamas where we had booked a fabulous all inclusive vacation WITH wedding at Sandals resort.  Since we are cheap as hell, we booked it for the cheap season. And even cheaper still, over the Xmas holiday. We get down there and it’s hot. And super super humid. So humid that pens don’t work because the paper is so wet. But it was nice, and fancy. We checked in, ate some food, looked at all the fun things there are to do there, and went to bed. The next day, all hell broke loose. Apparently cheap season = storm season. There was an off season storm, with wind gusts so strong people were told to stay inside least they get beaned on the head with flying coconuts. I shit you not.  No swimming in the pool, no jet skiing, no jumping on a huge inflatable trampoline in the sea. Nothing. We were pretty much confined to our room THE ENTIRE WEEK.  All the staff kept saying, “Jesus, this NEVER happens. This is the worst weather we’ve had in 987 years. Crazy, huh?!”  So, we sat in a hotel room for 5 days. You guys won’t believe this, but though we had a full open bar, neither one of us really drank liquor back then.  What is wrong with us? We could have just been loaded on rum drinks the whole time.  Instead we watched a lot of really shitty movies, and drank a ton of Kalik, and ate at the resort restaurants like 8 times a day. Long story short, on the last day, the sun came out, and we got married.  

I think it was a testament to our relationship for years to come that we were trapped in that goddamned hotel room in a foreign country for 5 days, and at the end of it, the sun came out and we got married. It was like some sort of biblical trial. If you aren’t married yet, I feel that this is a good test for you. Go, lock yourself in a room with little to no contact with your friends and family, with your future spouse, and see how it turns out. You should probably hide sharp knives.  Note – the day we got home, there was an epic Nor’ Easter and we were trapped AGAIN, but this time at Slippery Slope, and only for 2 days. 

Fast forward 10 years.  Here we are. Snowed in. People are advised not to go out least they lose their way. Or get beaned with flying pine cones.  Symmetry. All that was will be again.

People ask me more often than you’d think “How have you guys stayed together so long.” Well. Here’s my advice. 1. The ONLY reason you should ever marry anyone, is because you love them. It’s pretty much the only thing that will see you through. This seems pretty basic, but not everyone heeds this advice.  2.  You are an individual person, your spouse is too. That said, why on Earth would you think/assume your marriage is going to be ANYTHING like anyone else’s? Mike and I are high-school sweethearts who got married at 22. What do you think the statistical odds are for us making it, even this far? Real fucking slim, that’s what. 3. HUMOR, it will save your ass every time. Love and humor are BFFs. They will pull you out of nearly anything. 

This is what we look like now (ok a year ago, but still pretty damn close to now): 

I wonder where we’ll be trapped for anniversary #20? Oh, and we’re still going to Primo, as soon as the sun comes out.

7 thoughts on “Symmetry

  1. Absolute awesomeness…I've always loved your humor and honesty Kate. 🙂 Congratulations to you both, and many more amazing years to come!

    PS- I didn't know you have a blog. I have bookmarked you for further reading/entertainment/enlightenment. 🙂

  2. You two barely look any older than your wedding day!!! what a great blog!!! love it!!!
    Happy happy anniversary!!! so glad ive been with you guys through the years,, great memories!!! xoxoxox- amy g

  3. Amala you are a sweetheart. I'm happy you've been around the whole time 🙂 Oh, the good old days 😉

    Ang, thanks! I hope you like it!

  4. Happy Anniversary!

    And I think getting stuck in-doors all the time is an adorable tradition! But remind me not to live where you guys do on your 20th!

  5. You both look 10 years happier! Congratulations. Here's to 30 more.

    My hubs and I will be married 19 years in 30 days. I love him more today (even though that sounds cheesey. I love cheese too.In fact, I almost love cheese as much…just not quite. It's a tie for the chapstick, though)

    Happy New Year!

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