five years ago: an open letter to the sommelier, with a side of Chablis.

Five years ago, we sat on a picnic table, under a flowing white tent and twinkle lights. We nibbled on mozzarella with basil and tomato, hand crafted pizza, and homemade lasagna, while grabbing Shiner from a blue ice chest. I wore a green dress.

Five years ago, we clinked our glasses as we toasted our friends and family. We recalled old memories and shared old stories of our upbringing. Under the starry sky, you kissed me on the cheek, and said you would love me forever.


Five years ago, the sun shone bright at dawn, as I walked outside to greet the day. The mourning doves welcomed me as I strolled into a small hill country village coffee shop. It was as if time was just beginning. I started to count the seconds of every hour.

Five years ago, I saw you nervously put your arm behind your back. The light engulfed the room as I walked to your side. You took my hand, and then you smiled. I wore a cream dress.


Five years ago, we vowed to live life together, to grow old, be kind, and open to trying new things. We were put to the test right away, as our livelihood was challenged in so many ways.

Five years ago, we continued to support each other, love each other, and cherish each other, good and bad. We looked on as our former lives fell apart, and vowed to rebuild it even better.

Five years later, we have.

I would do it again in a heartbeat.

I love you more than you will ever know.


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*wine disclosure*

Five years ago, I would never drink Chardonnay. But because of the sommelier, even my taste in wine has changed. As I sip on a 2009 Maison Verget Chablis, the deep yellow mineral color shines from the glass, inviting me to smell the light citrus and taste the slight salinity of stone tones . A very appropriate wine for the spring, as newly minted grass comes forth from the earth. (For those who don’t know, a French Chablis is almost always 100% Chardonnay.) Perfect with local Gulf oysters and simple shrimp. Find it on Amazon for $22.