Thursday, February 23, 2012

Being Married

The number one question I've been asked since the wedding is "how does it  feel to be married?" - it's a silly question, since nothing has really changed, but I can't fault people for asking.  It's just one of those things that you do, like asking someone who's just had a birthday "how does it feel to be 28?" or something like that.  But here's the real answer:

Being married feels just like being not married, with two wonderful exceptions.  One, no more wedding stress.  The wedding was amazing, and it was all worth it in the end.  That being said, it was one of the longest, most stressful event in my life and I am ever so glad it is over.  It's getting better now, but for the first few days after the wedding, I kept getting these sudden bouts of panic that I must be forgetting something.
Because that's how life has been for the last few months - a long stretch of constantly having to remember to do important wedding things.  My brain is so used to this that it doesn't quite know how to react to all of this
downtime.  Just thinking about the fact that I no longer have all these obligations on my time is just more wonderful than I can put into words. Compared to this, preparations for any event or holiday will seem like
child's play.

Two, we have a whole lot of new, cool things.  We can make dinner in fresh, new pots and pans and cooking utensils, eat off of awesome new plates with matching bowls and mugs, sleep in a bed with new sheets and a new quilt, easily produce  popcorn and waffles at a moment's notice...  The nifty new things know no bounds.  And on top of all that, we'll soon be getting a new fridge (and maybe a new stove and dishwasher).  It's like we're living a new, slightly better life. I guess, in a way, we are.

So that's what it is like to be married.  It hasn't really changed anything between us, except that now we can refer to each other as "husband" and "wife" and then giggle like idiots about it.  Which, I must say, is still
pretty exciting.

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