I was in the bedroom picking an outfit when I saw Mama come up to the front door. Though I was happy to see her, I didn’t actually have time for a long visit.
I went into the living room and let her in with a smile. “Hey, Mama, what are you doing here?”
“Can’t I just drop in on my only daughter?”
“Of course, but that’s a long drive just to drop in.”
She smiled and stepped further into the living room. “I had lunch with Chastity. I thought you might like to go see a movie or something while I was here.”
“I would, but I can’t today.” I smiled brightly. “It’s my and Tommy’s anniversary.”
“Honey,” Mama said with a wry smile. “Four months doesn’t count as an anniversary.”
I snorted softly. “It’s the anniversary of when Tommy and I started dating. It’s been seven years. I think that’s worth a little celebration.”
Mama sat down on the sofa and shook her head with wonder. “I can’t believe it’s been that long.”
“Me either.” I sat down next to her.
“So you’re doing something special?”
I nodded. “Well, simple, but special. I’m making a fancy dinner.”
Mama reached over and stroked my hair back, a tender smile on her face. “Have I mentioned lately how proud I am of you? I know I fought you on moving out here, but you’ve made such a wonderful life for yourself.”
I flushed softly under her praise. “That means a lot, Mama.”
“And that boy of yours – well, I suppose he’s a man now, isn’t he? He’s a good one. You must have spectacular taste, to snap him up when you did.”
I laughed. “Mama! He is a good one, though. I have to agree with you there.”
She stayed for a couple more minutes, made me swear to come over with Tommy for dinner that weekend, and finally left, leaving me to get back to my preparations for that evening.
I had just called dinner ready when Tommy walked through the door. Spectacular timing.
He smiled an inhaled deeply. “What is that delicious smell?”
“Lobster thermidor.” I walked over and kissed him. “Happy seven year anniversary, Tommy.”
His eyes went soft as he looked at me. “Happy anniversary, Loralee.”
He changed out of his work clothes, and we sat down to eat. He could hardly stop raving over how amazing the food was, much to my delight. Then again, I wasn’t sure I could remember making a meal he didn’t seem to enjoy.
After dinner, we sat down together on the loveseat where Tommy drew me into his arms. “I don’t think I mentioned today how much I love you.”
“I don’t think you did. You must be slipping,” I teased.
“How inconsiderate of me.” He leaned in to kiss me. “I love you, Loralee Thoreau, more than I ever thought it would be possible to love another person.”
“I love you, too, Tommy Smithson. I wake up everyday with a smile on my face, and it’s always because of you.”
We sat there quietly for a little while, simply enjoying being together. Part of me couldn’t believe how lucky I was. The only boy I’d ever dated had turned out to be my soulmate. I have to make sure I remember this, I thought to myself. I have to always feel this grateful and amazed to have this man.
“I went to see Nora yesterday,” I said idly, as I leaned into my husband’s side. “You should go with me next time and see Caleb. He’s so precious.”
Tommy smiled softly. “Have you started to want one?”
A gentle smile crossed my face. I had, actually, started to think about the family Tommy and I would have. “A little. But not yet. We’ve only been married four months; I’d like to enjoy being just us for a while longer. Is that okay?” We were still so young; we had a long time ahead of us to raise a family. I wanted just a little while longer to enjoy being newlyweds.
He smiled broadly. “It’s perfect.”