Ten years ago today, before nine o’clock on a Saturday morning, Lauren and I ascended Arthur’s Seat here in Edinburgh. Truthfully, I ascended it, and she struggled to keep up with me — not from any lack of fitness, but rather my own frenzied pace.
I was hurrying due to nervousness, and a desire to be up there, overlooking the city, before many others made the climb. Mercifully, we were mostly alone, I said some words which immediately vanished from my memory, got down on one knee, and asked her to marry me.
A decade later, I want to mark this anniversary with a few more words of appreciation for my wife. She’s my best friend, my hero, my inspiration, and the love of my life. She impresses me every day, and I don’t know who I’d be without her. She brings joy and comfort to me, and there’s no-one I’d rather share this journey with. I’m not entirely sure why she’s with me, but I’m not going to risk asking.
She’s a software development manager, programmer, chef and baker, reader, writer, gardener, gamer, tailor, runner, wonderful doggy-mummy, and my constant teammate. I’m so grateful for her presence throughout my life, and how she’s shaped who I am for the better.