May 15, 2010

My king, my prince

Five years ago, I married the love of my life. Last night he walked in carrying dozens of red roses with a big smile on his face. I had just picked roses from our gardens and had filled vases everywhere. We think alike. Needless to say our house smells rosy.

I love this man. It never gets old. It's a constant adventure. Life is filled with surprises and children, and family and connections and love, lots and lots of love. We woke up this morning and held each other for a long time. We drank coffee, opened gifts and talked about the wonderful party tonight at Il Cielo where we married. Our closest friends and family will celebrate with us. My best friend of 38 years and her new husband of two days, Stuart. Mark, Michael's friend of 48 years and his wife Melinda. Michael's former partners, Bennett and Danny, who have both known me since I was 23. My son and his wife and our grandson, and my sister who understands the true meaning of carrying on our mother's legacy. And the rest of our amazing family, what a fantastic bunch!

But after everyone goes home, Michael and I will continue our journey together. We're getting older and sometimes that scares me. I want to live a long life with him so I hope for the best. He promises me that we will and I believe him. He gave me several poems today that he wrote for our anniversary, but this one went straight to my heart...

Toni, my beloved
You are the woman who
Gave me back my life
Looked into my soul and found truth
Purged my demons and made me whole
You are the woman who, hating hospitals
Crawled into my bed after surgery,
Amidst the tubing and the monitors and the urinal on the bedrail
And slept for nights beside me
You are the woman who is mother to all who know you
A duck with all her ducklings who grow and spread their wings
And fly off to do great things.
Andy is right that you are the most loyal of friends and the most
Protective of family.
You are my friend and lover and sweetheart and wife and Queen and Princess.
You are the castle of our kingdom and I defend it against all, to the death.
Dragons beware that this place is sacred and protected.
I am in love as never before
And have never been happier than


Posted at May 15, 2010 10:46 AM


Hey Toni,
It's Zeus. I hope you are well. Congrats on the (not so)new marriage. I don't know if you know, but I am a father now. I think that makes you an ex-step-grandmother. I was hoping you could contact me. Shoot me an email when you have a


Posted by: Zeus at June 17, 2010 10:20 PM

I teared up a little.

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