By BRAD KELLAR
As of Saturday, I have been married to the most wonderful woman on the planet for 18 years.
I would like to say Vida and I celebrated our anniversary, but the fact is we simply did not have a chance to.
I was busy here at the office, while Vida was out and about dealing with Girl Scout issues. We both remained a bit worn out from Friday night, when we celebrated our son Jason’s sixth birthday and our granddaughter Lauryn’s fifth birthday ... along with seven of their closest friends.
We had a hot dog picnic dinner, roasted s’mores over an open fire, watched Madagascar 3 on DVD, then escorted the nine small, pajama clad individuals into the dark back yard to look for Bigfoot by flashlight. They found Bigfoot, or rather Bigfoot found them, and he looked surprisingly like our son Nick, 22.
Then the entire group “camped” on air mattresses and in sleeping bags in the den, as an exhausted Vida — who threw this whole celebration together during the past week — crashed on the den sofa, only to be stirred from her slumber at around 6 a.m. this morning (the sun wasn’t even up yet) by nine hungry children, including the two birthday honorees who reminded her that they still hadn’t opened their presents.
Which all goes to show why I married Vida in the first place. Even as I spent the past several days buried in my work, she went above and beyond to make sure the day was special for Jason and Lauryn.
Above all else, I know that the crazier things get out in the rest of the world, I can still return to a loving home each night. Vida makes the Estate a safe space for our entire family, even as she runs her own daycare business and overseas the Girl Scout troops in Hunt County.
This coming weekend, Vida will be among the Girl Scout leaders taking the girls — including our daughter Jaylynn, 13 — on a fall camping trip, with plans for a Girl Scout movie night the weekend after that.
In between, Vida and her aunt Pam have assured us they are ready to prepare the Kellar Family Thanksgiving Feast, with Christmas and Nick’s 23rd birthday drawing closer. And that is just before the end of THIS year.
So, not surprisingly, we didn’t have much of an opportunity to indulge in a celebration of our marriage having lasted another year. We said “Happy anniversary” and shared a quick this morning and that was about it.
However it is obvious to me, as it should be to anyone else who knows us at all, that Vida celebrates our marriage and our family every day of every year.
Still, allow me a moment to just say Happy Anniversary Baby. I love you.
Just a thought ...
Kellar is a Herald-Banner staff writer