You never quite know what will be on the next page, though with experience your hunches can usually be relied on. And when surprises come, you often have had a good inkling there’s something interesting in the air.
This dear wife of mine has finally followed me to enter into the next decade of her life. The fact that so many of the cards feature this looming number has been a bit disconcerting, but she is not unprepared!
The pages do not now stop turning, neither do they go yellow, or even accelerate. Each one is a gift to come, to be welcomed with anticipation, and shared in love and faith.
There are a whole variety of things we value from the people who are close to us. It is good when we have occasions to celebrate the uniqueness and diversity of these relationships. Sometimes we need to make those occasions – because that effective love needs to be expressed and recognised as such.
I cannot be the person I am without Ann. She has been and is the greatest gift in living this life of faith in Jesus.