We laughed because you were so nervous you said "With this wing, I thee wed..."
I no longer laugh at that, because I know that on that day, you did give me wings. You gave me wings that allowed me to soar above the adversity, the fear, and the insecurity that have always kept me grounded.
With that wing, you gave me a new life.
I am a better person today for having known you, for having loved you, and for having married you. We are better people together than either of us could have imagined we could have ever been.
Two years ago today, you and I stood hand in hand and announced before the chaplain, the witness, and your parents that we would love and honor each other for all the days of our lives.
It seemed a little bit scary at the time. A little bit overwhelming, to be honest. But I knew in my heart of hearts that if there were ever anyone in this world that I would want to spend the rest of my life with, it would be you.
I never really believed too much in marriage before you came along. With it originating as a barter system, with women as the collateral, I never wanted to be an object to buy, sell, or trade.
Our marriage is so far from that, so far from what I ever thought marriage was.
I love that you are my best friend, my confidant, and my muse.
I love that I can tell you anything, absolutely anything and you'll never waver in your love for me and vice-versa.
Today, my love, I want you to know how very much I love you with all my heart and soul.
How grateful I am to have you in my life and how very, very much I adore you.
When I hear people dismiss marriage, or make snide remarks about their spouses, I think about what you and I share and I think how sad I am for them that they don't know the same unconditional, unwavering, and omnipotent love that you and I have.
I loved you long before I admited it to you, I loved you long before we said "I do" and I'll love you long beyond any modern measurement of time can allow.
With each passing day, each passing year, I grow to know you, respect you, understand you, and therefore love you more and more and ever more.
And that is why I say,
Today, more than yesterday, yet only half as much as tomorrow, I love you!