Six years ago I stood on a Lopez Island beach in flip-flops and shorts among family and close friends and promised a girl that I would do my best to be a good partner in life to her. We have had a grand adventure together thus far, and there have been many more ups than there have been downs in the time that we have shared. I love and respect this woman more today than I did on the one we exchanged vows.
More than one of my good friends have commented to me about my good fortune to have found a partner willing to leave the security and comfort of home, saddle up on a bicycle for a year and go exploring the world a bit with a character such as me. I couldn't agree more, and each day when I wake up and look over at my beautiful sleeping wife, the words of my Father echo in my head;
It's better to be lucky than good.
I am certainly a lucky guy.