|Diva and Chris OShea tie the knot 9-17-88|
Le Chateu South Salem, NY
Today marks the 25th Anniversary of my wedding day to my handsome, unusually patient husband Chris. I guess opposites do truly attract, since Chris is one of the most low maintenance men I know. Albeit a trip to Home Depot or a Black Tie event, he's ready to roll in less than 15 minutes...not so for his Divalicious wife, needless to say.
We met cute, in NYC at a well known watering hole called El Rio Grande, a Tex Mex spot that served wicked Margarita's and frequently overflowed to the patio outside...It's still there (though I imagine they no longer let you walk from "Texas" to "Mexico through the kitchen). I think we need to go back and see for ourselves.
Chris was in NY on business and arranged to meet for drinks with Steve Loebs, one of his childhood best friends from summers spent in the Hamptons. I was uncharacteristically early meeting a group of girlfriends for a late dinner. Cool and composed (I was after all, eventually to be joined by a posse) I nursed a glass of wine at the bar. Chris and Steve were munching on appetizers, when he turned and offered me a Chile pepper, which I laughingly declined.
A half an hour or so later, my friends showed up and I excused myself to go have dinner. As we perused the menu, I began to pout-- I wasn't hungry and I much preferred go back to the bar and chat with Chris and Steve. What after all, was the purpose of all these Girls Night Outs, if not to meet our prospective husbands??? Thus, I returned to the bar and promised to be back for coffee.
An hour and a Margarita later, I rejoined my friends. Chris and Steve were ready to call it a night and came by to say goodnight to us. Instinct told me, that Chris might be too shy to ask for my number in front of 6 women and I knew I might not ever see him again. (Instinct, btw, was right).
I quietly pulled out my card and told him how much fun it was meeting him and that I would love to hear from him sometime....
He waited 3 days to call and we have been together ever since.
We have been through great joys, like the birth of our wonderful son Brendan, the light of our lives:
|Brendan's first bottle|
and more trying ones, like my breast cancer diagnosis, prophylactic surgeries and recently, the death of his father Dan.
All in all, between two wonderful families, a slew of amazing friends, from childhood to present, good careers a lovely home and community that we support, it's been a wonderful ride.
Here's to the next 25 Darling...You're a Saint!!!
I love you,