On this day in 1976, I was driving Hilde to the local SF club's meeting, and in the course of conversation on that drive... it came out that both of us had been thinking "What if?" about the other for the previous few months.
Welp, that sure changed the course of my life. For the better. Definitely for the better. I never expected to have joy in my life, and I've had thirty-eight years with someone who can give me that joy. Not continuously, -- there have been uncomfortable moments in those years, but they never lasted -- but joy was something I never expected to have at all.
(I was talking to Hilde earlier today, and said, "I probably would have done okay if I'd ended up as a solitary unmarried bachelor. Except for the being lonely and miserable all the time part.")
So thank you, Hilde, for all the past years and the ones to come. You are the love of my life.