Eleven years after our first Valentine's Day together, I love you more than that day Hedgehog met Froggy. We've traveled a long and winding road from Red Hook to Baltimore to our home in Catskill. Life with you is an endless adventure...good Goddess, we have chickens! You're a beekeeper! We've gone from being crazy cat ladies who drove from Baltimore to Catskill with six cats to crazy cat ladies with three cats and two dogs, 4 chickens and something like 100,000 bees! Several dozen kittens (and a few mamas) have come through our door and later been adopted. Of course, we didn't stop with rescue cats & dogs; there were the original rescue chickens, and the rescue hedgehogs, and the adopted tropical fish. Oh yeah...and the monarch caterpillars! Orphans-R-Us...
We planted an orchard....who knew about cedar rust and Japanese beetles? Ah....but grapes! Thanks to your patient picking off of those Japanese beetles we have more grape jam than we can eat. I've introduced you to the joys of garlic; who knew how cool it would be to see a wheelbarrow full of our own garlic?! We've discovered that we love our farmers so much that we want to do some farming ourselves. And now we'll learn about being elderberry farmers!
You're raising bees in the garage, and I'm losing sleep over cold chickens. We both swivel or heads at the same moment every time we pass a for sale sign planted in a patch of land. We share dreams now that we could never have imagined eleven years ago. We've stretched out on the porch and watched meteors fall from the sky, kissed under full moons and surrealist sunsets, gorged ourselves on autumn days so glorious we couldn't get enough. We've shared the flu and alpaca wishes, become lemon honey makers and discovered rutabagas (who knew????). And we've built chicken coops and raised beds and fences together.We've had Downton Abbey and Minion dates, driven 40 minutes one way for a Thai restaurant, and 40 minutes in another direction for a bbq food truck....laughing, talking, imagining all the while.
Through everything you've been the light in my heart, even on very dark days. You've loved me when i didn't deserve something as miraculous as the likes of you loving me. You've taught and inspired me, made me laugh, made me cry with the sweetest love notes, and I say thank you to the Universe every night as I fall asleep next to you...because I fall asleep next to you.
My beloved....thank you for being my love, my heart, my home. Thank you for being....my valentine.