Monday, September 24, 2012

Seven Years Plus Our Newspaper

Us in May 2012 at JDRF Indiana Gala.
We celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary on Monday, Sept. 24, 2012.

The sentiment remains unchanged since I'd last posted on our anniversary, at the five-year mark.

But as I do every year, I sit back on this special day and re-read the newspaper I created to propose nearly a decade ago now (March 2003). This full eight-page broadsheet is the one I spent about three months creating back in late 2002 and early 2003, writing my own stories, editing and designing, selling ads to pay for the whole thing, and recruiting a roll of writers made up of family and friends. All of them keeping the upcoming marriage proposal a secret, of course!

I still remember staying out late at night, telling you they were late nights in my real paycheck-providing newsroom job when in fact they were spent at my old college newspaper stomping grounds putting this paper together.

It was tough, but it all paid off.

This year, I realized (once again) the full newspaper wasn't posted anywhere online. Sure, I have a couple dozen copies left over from the 1,000 created for that night and beyond. And every one of those eight pages has been framed for our home's hallway, to display to those who might want to look at them.

But they haven't been in the blogosphere or shared fully, except maybe a few snapshots shared between friends. Well, now that changes.