Another Kind of Green

11 years ago, I met a girl at the bread station at the Cheesecake Factory while singing Ricky Martin. I had no clue that this random encounter would forever change my life. I remember it like it was yesterday. I had this song stuck in my head for a couple of days. I can not confirm nor deny that the song was Livin La Vida Loca or maybe it was She Bangs. Either way, I was singing it in all its gloriousness and this girl walked up to me and said: "no one sings Ricky Martin." 

Fast forward to November of 2017 and we just celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary. It really is amazing how fast it has gone. 3 kids and several moves later and I can honestly say that I would not want to spend it with anyone else. A life, I feel, is a series of small steps that ultimately land you where you need to be. I feel as if those steps have led me to a place where I am content and madly in love with a woman who I have tried to push away in the past. 

I feel for a while that I suffered from another kind of green. What I mean by that is that in the game of blackjack that my life is a 19.  In my 20's, I was tempted to try and hit 2 knowing that the chances were higher that I was going to bust. That goes for a lot of things in my life. I never found contentment because I was chasing something that did not exist. That was until I met my wife. I tried several times to ruin our relationship by doing boneheaded things. This was the thing though, she never gave up on me and for that, I will never give up on her. 

I don't need another kind of green to know that I am on the right side with her. 


📷Mary Kate Mckenna

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