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  1. Pam says:

    Oh Jocelyn. I loved every word of this. That's a very touching tribute to Guy, and speaks volumes about where you both are at the moment and how you arrived there.Interesting that it was my Dad that was the "decarbonating" influence in our family (a bit obvious in the comment I left recently!), so spent my time looking for and craving fizzy people.Aint no-one going to "leave my two litres of effervescence out on the counter with the cap off", as you so wonderfully put it.I love my fizzy people. You've added to my emotional repetoire with your delightful words and imagery-loveable you!

  2. WaltzInExile says:

    Happiest of anniversaries to you!
    BTW, you had me at "Moondance." Love me some Van.

  3. kmkat says:

    What a wonderful post. Your words and metaphors and similes are perfect. Guy got himself a good one.

  4. jess says:

    Oh, Joccy (you *like* it when I call you that- right?), you give me hope. I'm feeling a bit defizzed at the moment myself. But I do have an abundance of hair and perhaps there is someone out there who will want to get lost in it someday (yes, it frequently resembles the photograph you included, my childhood nickname was Cousin It).

  5. Yo is Me says:

    oh, wow. i love this post. this might be my favorite post of yours. besides the one about you falling in the woods. and the one with the whiteboard drawings.

    beautifully written. so gorgeous and intertwined.

  6. Star says:

    In all honesty, the best post I have ever read. And re-read. Incredible honesty enrobed in humor. Happy anniversary.

  7. Becky Cazares says:

    Wow. Incidentally, your dad and my dad (and Groom) are made of the same stock. The strong silent type – who know exactly when to talk and what to say when they do. Happiness always to both of you!

  8. Patois says:

    I have tears, tears. Wow. Just freakin' WOW!

    Your Dad's word for you. I've known that since first I read you. You are that person. WOW!

  9. heartinsanfrancisco says:

    This was so beautiful. You and Groom are beautiful.

    I love the way this story evolved, the wonderful confirmation that when you have the right person, the Red Seas part and everything falls into place so very easily.

    Wishing you both many more 10-year love fests filled with joy, peace and of course, effervescence.

  10. Jenn @ Juggling Life says:

    What a wonderful "how we met" story–with lots of twists and turns at the end.

    Happy Anniversary!

  11. flutter says:

    You are such a blessing.

  12. Susan says:

    What a wonderful story to build a Happily Ever After on.

    Happy Anniversary to you both!

  13. ds says:

    Beautiful. Every. Single. Word. Effervescent and heartbreaking. Thank you.

    Happy, happy anniversary, and many more!

  14. Jeni says:

    Are you getting the message that there are a whole lot of us out here who read your stuff and think you are the best thing since sliced bread?
    I love the way you take me(us) down a trail with no inkling at all, in the beginning, of what lies ahead. Will this be funny as hell, sad, gushy sentimental or maybe even a bit of a rant of some type. Nary a clue so when you get to the core, it is often quite a surprise. I finally figured out maybe about mid-way that this might be a story of how you and Groomeo met but I really wasn't prepared for the finale in which you listed the things he does for you. (Like those are all. Hah! Not enough time or energy to list every single one but judging by those you listed, it's very clear to see he's an excellent match to your effervescence! (Loved that description by your Dad too.)
    I heard or read somewhere, sometime -don't have a clue when/where -that the key to a happy relationship was if you could sit side-by-side without feeling the need for words and be happy, content, in that moment. I do believe you said something to that effect in this post that fits your relationship to a tee then, doesn't it?

    Happy Anniversary and may you be blessed with many, many more too! And may you keep blessing us, your readers, with more effervescence mixed with just the right amount of other elements with your writings too!

  15. AmyTree says:

    Oh you just made me cry!! Happy anniversary to both you sweet things. (He's looking a tad Prince William in that photo – not a bad thing!!) xxx

  16. Pam says:

    …So excited I was the first comment, that I missed the fact it was your anniversary – DERR! Happy, Happy Anniversay dear Jocelyn and Groomeo and many more wonderful years together!!…(also that is some hair shot Jocelyn!)xxxx

  17. Becky Cazares says:

    Darn it, now I have another item on my List To Do During Christmas Break. Just went back to reread this wonderful post over oatmeal this morning and discovered the words, "one was still hanging on" had an actual live link to a previous post. Discovered that there was a real live Jocelyn that existed long prior to my first click on her blog (!) and now I have to go back and catch up with all those older blog posts!

    It does my heart good to know there are people like you and your family in the world – who have been through the worst of times and come out richer for the experience. And I truly didn't need a kleenex when reading the post from 2007 until the picture of Girl with the little twin dolls. THAT got me. And then I had some 'splainin' to do to my hubby as to why oatmeal induced tears this a.m.!

    What an amazing storyteller you are. Where are all the lazy publishers who haven't beaten a path to your door???

  18. Jazz says:

    Girl! you write good!

    The steam from my tea seems to have gotten into my eyes and burned 'em this morning. They're leaking.

    This was so definitely worth the wait.

  19. Catherine says:

    Wow, now I'm crying. What beautiful story. Congratulations and thank you for sharing such a great story.

  20. Jim Berg says:

    Dearie, I read this twice. The second time through tears. Then I read these comments.

    You make me want to hug you.

  21. diane says:

    You must never lose this post. Make a copy of it and save it for your daughter. Hugs. xo d

  22. choochoo says:

    YES! Those are the kinds of directions that are really useful. Why is that so damn hard for ppl to understand?!?

    Love the post.

  23. Margo says:

    being quiet together is the best, when it's the right person. And what a great word for your father to give you 🙂

  24. actonbell says:

    Beautiful post–the memories of your father, your lost and found fizz, and the journey toward your wonderful life are riveting.

    Cheers! To you and Guy and many more years to come.

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  26. chelle says:

    awww shucks … love birds!

    Happy Anniversary.

    I didn't know you had a stubby fingers … bats!

  27. Hunter says:

    Here by way of MLS. Very lovely post.

  28. geewits says:

    What a great story. It sounds like a movie I'd like to watch.

  29. monica says:

    wow. you. have. the best. life. ever! so delightful, lots of humour and togetherness. I love it. I wish you lived nearby so we could hang out – I know I would love that!

  30. Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings says:

    This is so awesome. I wish I could say something more profound, but I can't. I love the part about him saying "I could get lost in your hair…"

    My dad talks a lot, but there are times he is quiet and then speaks and that is interesting. . . sometimes frustrating, but always interesting.

    It is weird how we marry our fathers, sometimes without even realizing it. My husband and my dad are so much alike, but it took me quite awhile of being married and living with Hubby to realize it. They are both stubborn to a fault, grumpy if they don't accomplish what they wanted to, and like to make a list of all the things they need to do in one day and all the things they didn't get done.

  31. Logophile says:

    Awwwwwwa,
    happy anniversary for starters, hope it was a great day.

    I apparently married a male, more sane, and very talented version of my mother.
    Odd, I know, but the older I get the more I realize I'm an awful lot like my dad.

    Either way, when you have a kindred soul to go through life with, it's so much better.

  32. Green Girl in Wisconsin says:

    Happy anniversary. This was the best love story I've read since Pride & PRejudice. Seriously. Have some cheese tonight, just the two of you kids.

  33. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    This is my very, very favorite post. You do that to me, often. From your dad, to your girlfriends saying "Oh, honey, I just heard. Talk to me, " to the epistolary courtship. Thank you for sharing such a fine story.

  34. Midlife Jobhunter says:

    P.S.

    And in regard to your comment on my blog about the 200 word question/prompts, I'd like to take you up on it.

  35. lime says:

    you are so wonderfully blessed to have had both a father and a husband who could make you effervesce. thank you for sharing such a clear image of those bubbles that rise even when the saddest, scariest things happen.

    i wish you many more decades of fizz.

  36. Michelle Wells Grant says:

    Oh my. This post snagged me as I returned to look you over again. I loved reading about your journey. It's often a miraculous one, isn't it? Especially when we take a moment to reflect and appreciate, it becomes so clear that it shorely ain't no random plan. I loved hearing about your Dad. Pearls of wisdom.

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