“They say that when penguins find their mate, they stay together for ever.”
Back in 2002 I found my penguin in a sea of UVMers. He stood out like a shiny new penny. Cocky as hell, but I was intrigued. I knew there was a side he didn’t show most, and I would be the one to see it. He picked me up at my sorority house, we double dated to Starbucks. Our first official date. His caramel macchiato filled the air, while I sipped on my peppermint mocha cooly. It was love at first sight, and I am so glad I trusted my instincts.
What we have been through together has tested us. What he has helped me through, and I him; there are no words, just gratitude. These moments have made us stronger and defined our love in ways I could have never thought possible. The bond created is one I didn’t think was available to have with a person not in your family; not your blood. But that is simply not true. We have made a family. I lean on him as I did my parents, as I know he does with me. Watching him on our wedding day, becoming a father, to achieving his dreams professionally, I consider myself so incredibly lucky he chose me to be his penguin in life.
Recently, we started working together. Many said, “Holy moly, how’s it going?” I can’t deny, I had my reservations, but again the highers above told me to chill and my fears were washed aside. Witnessing him command an audience of 100s is just awe-inspiring, and I hope our children get the spark that he has with others. I have fallen in love with him over and over again through this unforgettable experience. Yes, we have had our moments where I have wanted to ring his neck, but I find myself saying every time I feel that way, “Well, there is no one else I would rather argue, or ring their neck.”
I consider myself blessed to have found my forever penguin. Blessed to have made a family with this wonderful man. Sending love to you Jordi and thanks from the depth of my heart for what you do for me and our family!