One year ago on this day, my then fiancé entered a church accompanied by his mother.
One year ago on this day, I entered the same church arm-in-arm with my father.
When we came out, we were a family.
This was the church:
One year ago on this day, I married the man who is my best friend and my love, the one who makes me a better person and shows me the way to reach higher. It’s been one beautiful year of walking together.
I thought it would be nice to celebrate also on this blog, and how better than with books, since it’s a passion that we both share? So here’s my gift to my husband: a reading list that tells the story of our first year together.
- Sep. 11 to Oct. 11, 2010: we went on honeymoon, whale watching, in the Azores. Book: Cheryl Kaye Tardif, Whale Song (OK, it would be Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, but apparently hubby has already read it)
- Oct. 11 to Nov. 11, 2010: following an episode happened during our honeymoon, we decided to take riding lessons. Book: Sara Gruen, Riding Lessons
- Nov. 11 to Dec. 11, 2010: due to a plumbing problem, our home was flooded. Book: Susan Casey, The Wave (here too, my first choice would be Amitav Ghosh, The Hungry Tide, but this time it’s me who have already read it)
- Dec. 11, 2010 to Jan. 11, 2011: we went to see our parents during the Christmas vacations. Book: Frances Mayes, Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy (not that we’re Tuscan, but still)
- Jan. 11 to Feb 11, 2011: we traveled to Greece! Book: Steven Pressfield, Gates of Fire (and if I am not wrong, this is one we actually have on our bookshelves!)
- Feb. 11 to Mar. 11, 2011: probably around this time we realized that our post-wedding weight-gain was out of control 😦 Book: Carolyn Mackler, The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things (I don’t think either of us would like this one, but the title is irresistible!)
- Mar. 11 to Apr. 11, 2011: we nurtured high (and unfortunately empty) hopes that we would be able to move back to Italy soon. Book: Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
- Apr. 11 to May 11, 2011: we went to Rome for Easter! Book: Irving Stone, The Agony and the Ecstasy (on my TBR list)
- May 11 to Jun. 11, 2011: we celebrated hubby’s birthday by exploring the mountains around Coimbra. Book: Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods
- Jun. 11 to Jul. 11, 2011: we visited a medieval fair. Book: Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
- Jul. 11 to Aug. 11, 2011: we were both overwhelmed by the amount of work on our respective desks. Book: Timothy Ferriss, The 4-Hour Workweek
- Aug. 11 to Sep. 11, 2011: we visited Vienna, where we first met! Book: Teresa Grant, Vienna Waltz (I don’t know why most books set in Vienna seem to be thrillers, but this sounds interesting)
These are all books that I have never read, but I chose them mostly based on their titles, to reflect what happened in our lives. If you have any better suggestion, please share!
DISCLAIMER: I am aware that the rest of the world is commemorating today a very different event and I have no intention of being disrespectful towards the people who died or suffered because of 9/11 and everything that happened because of that. I do think about and pray for them. But to me, today is the first anniversary of our wedding more than anything else.