We sipped a glass of wine as the sun set and told each other how lucky we are. Seventeen years and we're still good together, better together than apart.
It's also seventeen years since I was diagnosed with fast-growing breast cancer. Denny married me 10 days after the cancer surgery, before we knew how bad it might be, or how long I would live.
Most newlyweds don't know how long they'll live; but most don't wake up wondering if this will be their first and last Christmas together or whether they'll have a fifth anniversary.
We celebrate our anniversaries as if they were national holidays. This year we opted for an evening out at one of our favorite wineries, Driftwood Estate Winery & Vineyards.
Al fresco dining with fine wine and sunset views on the most beautiful night of the year.
Followed by dancing to music by cowboy troubadour Bret Graham.
Some years back we took swing-dance lessons, immediately followed by remedial swing-dance lessons. We still swing like novices but it's so much fun we don't care.
And winery owner Gary Elliott stopped by our table to congratulate us and pour a glass from his private cellar, the Driftwood Estate sold-out 2010 Lone Star Cab that took Silver, Best in Class at the 2013 Houston International Wine Competition. A treat.
After we got home, 2.1 inches of rain fell on our acre. If you're a Texan, you know rain is a rare gift.
We had a wonderful night. The best anniversary ever. But then I always say that...
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