Here we are, back in New York after 5 years, three of which have been fairly interesting!
For those of you not that familiar with our story, let me share a quick overview.
5 years ago Jake and I travelled from the UK to New York to get married, in Central Park. I can't really remember why we chose to do it this way, just that once the thought appeared, it was a decision that made itself. And what a great decision! It was a magical day and a memorable holiday, both in New York and then California where we ended our trip with a blissful, schedule-free, 10 day meander up the Pacific Coast Highway.
Fast forward two years and 15 days to the 26th October 2011, the day that everything changed; the day Jake was knocked off his bike by a careless driver and sustained a severe brain injury.
The effects of that injury have been pretty comprehensive and devastating, but one of the hardest (and I suspect weirdest) changes for Jake has been the damage to his long and short term memory (see previous blog: remember this).
This meant he didn't remember most of our relationship, my name, our home, our cat and, heartbreakingly, our wedding.
If you follow this blog you'll know that Jake has made a truly extraordinary, against all the odds recovery. He, and therefore we, is still challenged everyday by a range of complex deficits, but there is no doubt that we have been very, very lucky.
So, what else could we do to celebrate and embrace this luck on our fifth wedding anniversary? Yep, we're going to do it all again, 2:30pm tomorrow, back in Central Park, in the boat landing by Bow Bridge. We're going to the same restaurant to celebrate after (www.monpetitcafe.com - can't recommend it enough) and wonderfully our wedding party has almost doubled since Our Wedding: the Original. Honestly, I can't quite believe we're here. As SIL tweeted this morning; small miracles.
Tomorrow is an opportunity to draw a line under the last three years and look forward to a different but happy future, full of opportunities. Whatever you're doing tomorrow please think of us and smile; wonderful things really can emerge out of all the crap stuff that happens in life, you just have to choose to look for the silver linings!