Cymraeg

Cymraeg
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London, UK
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August 17
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I live in London with my wife and three cats. Or maybe we live with them. Oh and now we have a puppy!

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AUGUST 4, 2009 5:28AM

Memories of a certain day...

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This is for my wife Kathleen. 

 

 

I remember that morning very clearly. There’s a piece of music I love to listen to, “Pegasus” by Bear McCreary, from the second album of music from Battlestar Galactica. It starts off quietly and slowly and then builds to a crescendo.

 

That morning I lay there in what felt like a very empty bed without you and I listened to that music three times before I got up. I felt a certain… rightness about that day.

 

Normally I take my daily walk in the forest in the afternoon on a weekend, but that Saturday I was out there at 8am. It was a beautiful day, blue sky, brilliant sun and I remember thinking about your brother’s joke that they’d brought the sun from Oregon with them.

 

By the time that I got back to the house your cousin Ivy was having breakfast and the cats were looking for you yet again, so I slipped into the shower before coming down to have breakfast.

 

Naturally my father was late in picking us up as he’d misunderstood the plan.

 

When we got to my parents house we found your brother Patrick and his family starting to run around a bit getting ready, whilst my mother had dashed out to Waitrose to get some sandwiches – just in case she’d said.

 

Everyone kept looking at me a bit oddly, as if they were expecting me to be frantic or something. I wasn’t. I was very calm.

 

I remember walking about in the garden whilst Charley gamboled about my feet and showed me her latest disemboweled toy. And I remember when my Aunt Lesley arrived and hugged me and then gave me that odd look as well.

 

“How are you doing?” she asked.

 

“Fine,” I smiled back.

 

She blinked at me. “I’ve never seen anyone look so certain on a day like this.”

 

“I guess I know exactly what I’m doing.”

 

She smiled at me and then she dashed inside to sort her sons out.

 

I remember getting dressed very clearly as well. Crisp clean white shirt, the green tie with red dragons that you’d bought for me, as well as my father and my cousins, the Welsh kilt, the waistcoat, the socks, the shoes, the sgiann dubh and the jacket. And I remember the arrival of the stretch limo and the sudden emptying of the house as everyone got into the cars.

 

Oddly enough I don’t remember the ride that well. I do remember my father marveling at the sheer size of the car and of the assortment of drinks inside it. I think that I looked out of the windows and enjoyed the ride.

 

But I do remember the first sight of the London Eye in the distance – and how my heart swelled when I saw it, because I knew that you weren’t far from it.

 

Arriving at the Eye we all disembarked and thanked the driver – and then we wondered where the others were, especially Patrick as he had your flowers in his car.

 

And then we walked to the Hall near the base of the Eye, with the eye of almost every tourist on us as you don’t see three men in kilts every day. My cousins and I could have made some serious cash that day as a tourist attraction – but we had far more important things to do.

 

And then you arrived, with my sister and your best friend escorting you – with your flowers! You’d had your own moment with the tourists, when that little girl had watched you open-mouthed and then told her mother that there was a fairy princess here.

 

You looked stunning. I remember looking at you and thinking how lucky I was.

 

Because it was our wedding day, two years ago today, when we were married on the London Eye, with family and friends and sunshine and happiness. And I’ve never been happier.

 

The happiest day of my life! 

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This was beautiful, Cymraeg - a pleasure to read.
What a great gift to your lovely wife!! She must be special. If you're like me, it's nice to see her face the first thing in the morning. It makes even a bad day, a little brighter!!
A wonderful gift to her indeed. Congratulations on your second anniversary.
Congratulations to both of you.
I've gone all mushy inside! That was lovely, and so beautifully written. Congratualtaions on your anniversary.
Very dashing kilt! Congratulations and may you have many years of wedded bliss!
Reading a story like this should give everyone hope that they can find love and happiness, no matter how long it might take (or last). This is a lovely gift that many women and men would love to receive. Congratulations on your anniversary!
What a beautiful tribute to your wife and your wedding day. Did your guests go up in the Eye with you?
Happy Anniversary! (You got married on my birthday:))
Aww, that was so sweet! Congratulations to you both.
Thanks for the comments everyone. Aim, we hired two pods on the Eye, one for the ceremony, with family, and the other for our friends. It was a great day out and no-one fainted from fear of heights!
Oh and happy birthday!
Awww... this was just the sweetest way to start my morning! Hope your wife reads it and that it brings her a smile... it did for me!
What a lovely remembrance. All too often some of these details are lost as the years go by...you'll be happy to have them!

Happy Anniversary to you and your beautiful bride...may you have many more!
Happy Anniversary! That was a lovely post. Judging from prior pieces it sounds like your wife is not only the love of your life but also your best friend. A most wonderful combination.
this was great. and i'm crazy jealous you got married in a kilt. no one allowed ME to get married in a kilt. damn.
Beautiful. Congratulations to you both.
What a sweet tribute to your lovely wife. Many blessings.
Congrats to you both!! The wifey and I celebrated 11 years in May!! I still remember trying to run away that day, and her sister catching me just before I made it to the river!! ;)

Just kidding....they got me at the door to the church! :)
Your Kathleen is a very lucky woman! And hubby and I just love the London Eye! What a perfect backdrop for a perfect wedding day! Congrats!
Congratulations and what a lovely story. :)