Grace Tu

Grace Tu

Monday, July 20, 2015

Happy 14th Anniversary

A while ago Alan told me he wanted our next car to be a Sprinter, which, according to him, is every man’s dream car.

I have absurdly limited knowledge when it comes to cars, so I looked online, and could not understand why a car with such a monstrous look could get such a title.  Also agreed with me were some of my male co-workers, who decidedly denied the Sprinter being their dream car, and doubted that Alan would find many people who share his view.

Since then, “The Sprinter” has become something that I often teased Alan about, until one day, as I saw him walking towards our lobby, carrying in his hands a plastic bag filled with all the vegetables that he grew and that he so eagerly wanted to share with my friends at work, and all the sudden I understood.

This is why to Alan, the Sprinter is everyman’s dream car. It’s the kind of man he is. He is the kind of man who wants to be in the garden in the burning heat under the scorching July sun so his wife and his daughter can eat the vegetables he grows.  He is the kind of man who wants to take his family with him wherever he goes, and not just me and Anya, but his family, and my family as well. He dreams of buying what I consider a monstrous looking car so everyone can sit at the back and have a great time while he drives across Canada. He is this kind of man, and I love him so much for it.

So, happy 14th Anniversary, Alan. Thank you for asking me out 14 years ago (even though you insisted I was the one who asked you out). Thank you for sharing with me all your wisdom, love, kindness, and even your fear. Thank you for letting me know when I am in the wrong but at the same time letting me know you still love me despite all my flaws. Thank you for being a wonderful father to our little girl. Thank you for sharing the same dream with me because to me, having a husband who shares the same dream and having a husband who would work with me through each step to achieve that dream, is the very best thing in the world.

p.s. I still do not approve of the Sprinter.

Photo: honeymoon in 2012

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