A Very Quiet Anniversary

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“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.”
~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

 

It was our seventeenth wedding anniversary yesterday.

And our day looked like this.

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And this. (That’s a boat made of ginger, filled with moxa – a total OMG treatment – wow!!! I’ll blog about that another day!)

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After which I retired to bed and slept for the rest of the day.

But that’s okay.

Sometimes that’s what love looks like.

I’m working hard with my awesome team at beating this enduring antibiotic-resistant superbug that has been causing so much havoc. It’s working. I’m improving. But it’s been quite the battle. And my regime is intensive just now.

We rescheduled yesterday’s wedding anniversary. Just like we rescheduled Ben’s birthday. And mine last year (which happened the day after major surgery and which ranks as the number one worst birthday of my life!). Hopefully, if my health keeps improving, we’ll be heading to Vietnam and then the Philippines in three weeks. We’ll celebrate everything there.

Meanwhile, I am feeling brighter this morning so Ben and Cafe Dog and I are off to town in search of a tasty breakfast.

Love to you all, Nicole ❤ xx

19 thoughts on “A Very Quiet Anniversary

  1. Since I started following your blog, you have come such a long way….I know you are fighting this super bug, but I have to tell you….you look great! Also, just think….another Holiday outside the country. This so warms my heart! Keep on keeping on!

  2. So great to see bens face! 17 years is just wonderful, and thT you have someone with you through everything. Lots of love to you both, axxx

  3. Dearest Nicole,

    Wishing you and Ben a very happy wedding anniversary. 🙂 . Hope you get better soon and that you both get to take that much needed trip…

    Lots of Love and Hugs,

  4. Happy Anniversary Nicole and Ben!
    “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” (Lao Tzu)

  5. Hey Nicole, happy anniversary to yourself and Ben. Sorry to read that the “bug” is still being resistant, but I’m pleased the new treatment is working. Yay, for writing out your packing list for fun times in Vietnam, and for the conference xxooxx 🌻🌻🌻

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