This is a very special week for me. It is the triad of celebration. Twenty years on August 19th alcohol ceased to be my master, on the 21st I was married to Nieta M Greene and on the 22nd I was born into the world. This year we are celebrating all of the above on the 23rd at a party to renew our wedding vows. Looking out of a window in White Plains Hospital when the doctors did not know what was wrong and things were looking bleak a decision was made. Nieta and I promised each other to never separate and in 5 years we would renew our vows provided I was still breathing!
The days leading up to August 19, 1994 were dark but that day was not a good day to die and I began a very special journey. I realized the answers I was looking for were not at the bottom of a bottle and the pain I had been running from had caught up. It was time to stand and feel it. Avrille taught me to stand on my own two feet. I received a letter from Italy on beautiful blue stationary filled with words of worry that generated thought in me about the direction my life was going. She has been writing me notes ever since; I love you Kristen. Much gratitude and thanks to both of you.
I laid eyes on Nieta on November 11th and like all good things 9 Months later something good had arrived. She did not get me pregnant but we did get married! Love happened when I was not looking and when I least expected.
Rain is said to be good luck on a wedding day but a bride’s personal nightmare. It rained like cats and dogs that day! The ceremony was a blur but the memory of the hand of my best man on my shoulder as I could barely get the words out to profess my commitment always stays with me. When we have our happy disagreements she asks, “Do you know who you married?”
“Yes, I know who I married and I will do it again.”
My birthday is August 22nd. I was born August 22, 1978 Christina Caroline Thomas at 9:14 pm in Mount Vernon, New York. So yes when I say I was born at night not last night I mean that literally. LOL. Happy 36th birthday! On August 23rd as Nieta and I enter into our 5th year of marriage I will do so as Christina Caroline Thomas – Greene. That is right “GREENE” like the color with an “E” at the end. I love you Nieta forever and a day after. Kisses. Happy Anniversary!