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Today on my husband’s 44th birthday, I feel the abundance of gratitude.  I have shared my life with him since the young age of eighteen.  We have grown older together in age, but somehow younger at heart, closer in our bond.  I have walked with him through the carefree years of college, exploring the streets of Boston and the mysteries of physics and calculus.  I still remember the first time we timidly held hands.  We had not spoken of our affection for one another, but our bodies spoke nonetheless.  I remember wondering “Is he feeling what I am feeling?”  There was a newness and an excitement in those days, and today, decades later, the familiarity evokes calm and ease.

I remember meeting him for the first time, thinking “wow, he seems so at ease, unlike the others, myself included, who felt understandably insecure and eager to make friends, to feel at home”.  He exuded an integrity and honesty that was more rare than common, a kindness that seemed to come easy.

Perhaps part chance, part fate and honestly I will never know, but I have been graced to have been walking and growing alongside Herb, Captain, in this life.  We have experienced triumph and disappointment, love and conflict, sadness and happiness, the joys of parenting and the challenges.  Life has been rich and varied, taking us to places and through experiences we would not have anticipated, and the thread of this bond has grown stronger and more gentle.

Innocently holding hands through the halls of MIT flourished into sharing our lives together and perhaps has been my most beautiful adventure yet.

Happy birthday Captain.

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Rani S Kabra #

    Wish you a very Happy Birthday Herb, Sheila so proud of you always love Shradha Aunty!

    January 12, 2017
  2. Captain #

    Thank you for being part of the of my journey. I am lucky to have met you.

    Love
    Captain

    January 12, 2017
  3. Babita Sarda #

    Happy birthday to Herb!! Hope you all had a fabulous day!!

    January 12, 2017
    • Thank you so much Masi. We had a sweet day 🙂 . Love you.

      January 13, 2017
  4. Sarah Adams #

    This is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing this with us! True love over a lifetime is the the real life fairytale story. How lovely.

    January 17, 2017
    • Thank you Sarah! I hope you are well, sending you love!

      January 17, 2017
  5. echoing Sarah…this post is remarkable. Your ability to write from the heart is a gift for all your readers. And congrats to you and your 44!

    January 17, 2017

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