Vinny and I celebrated our anniversary this past weekend. In other years, I would have pictured an exotic meal, perhaps a weekend away, certainly flowers. But this year we marked our years together in a simpler way. We went out to dinner, but brought along a good friend who has been a large part of our lives over the last few years. On Sunday, we went to church, where we were lectors. I felt the presence of God in my life and in our relationship. In the afternoon, we ventured to western NJ to a wolf preserve that Vinny had read about in the paper last week. It was a symbol of some of the things that enable us to balance out each other. I don't have a lot of time to read the paper and Vinny keeps me apprised of what's going on in the world and local events to attend. At the wolf preserve, the combination of the loose gravel and rocks and the angle of the path were difficult for Vinny to manage with his bad ankle, so he leaned on my shoulder. It was a simple day in our complicated lives and it was perfect.