Now, of course, I realize what he was saying is true. When you walk through the highs and lows of life with a person, it will either drive a couple apart or bring them into a deeper love for each other with every passing year. As life has happened to us, our love has been tested and found to be as precious and valuable as gold. Cody has shown that he is an amazing father to our children, compassionate and forgiving to me when I fail, committed to me in the best and worst times, and that kind of love is priceless. Love that sticks it out and continues to find new joy and new life may not be the bonfire it was when it began, but the glowing embers that last and last...providing warmth and comfort and sustaining the life of the fire.
If our love has deepened this much over 13 years, then I look forward to seeing it at 25 years. Love that perseveres in the midst of challenges and suffering is "old" love. And it's far more beautiful than new love.