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Yes, ma’am

I’m sure by now you’ve seen the Buzzfeed lists on signs you’re almost 30, and signs “you’re too old for this crap.

Maybe they resonated with you, like they did me.

I, for one, love NCIS, appreciate Aerosoles, and really do want to graduate to West Elm.

But I would add one more thing to the list of signs you’re getting older – or, at least one that makes you feel older.

Getting ma’am-ed.

I’ve gotten it from TSA before, and probably on other occasions, but it never registered as a reflection of my age – just a general courtesy. Everyone was getting ma’am-ed.

This past Friday, though, it was just me.

I was at one of Husband’s baseball games, retrieving foul balls in between cheering and yelling, and chatting with the ump every now and then. And this ump, he seemed to be around my own age, maybe a little bit older. 

But when I tossed him back one of the foul balls, he caught it and said, “Thanks, m-, uh, ma’am.

I must have looked surprised, because he immediately followed it up with an (unnecessary) apology.

I brushed it off and told him not to worry, and immediately became more aware of all my laugh lines and other wrinkles.

Not really. (Kind of.)

Actually, I realized that it didn’t really bother me. Sure, it was a little bit of a surprise to get ma’am-ed by someone roughly my own age, but it happens.

And I’m sure it was more out of courtesy than because my laugh lines have taken over my face. Right?

Right?

I’m almost positive.

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One year ago today I had stopped worrying about the details, and was fully ready to sprint down the aisle.

I woke up bright and early, full of energy, and thanking God that the derecho hadn’t decided to continue all weekend.

K had sent me this video that morning:

…and I bounced around my room with an enormous smile on my face, listening to it on repeat.

(Listening to it now actually still brings a huge smile to my face.)

In some ways, it feels like the wedding just happened. How could a year have passed already?

In other ways, it feels like we’ve been together forever – in the best way possible.

Over the past year we’ve grown and traveled and loved and adventured.

We’ve argued and made up and laughed and cried (sometimes from laughing so hard) and continued to plan for our life together.

And it’s been simply wonderful.

Happy anniversary, baby.

One year down, a lifetime to go!

married!

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