Friday, August 6, 2010

When Dreams Come True

As I was packing for the move last week, I discovered this series of photo booth shots that Todd and I did sixteen years ago.  That was back in the time when "photo booth" still meant a little closet you sat inside to have your photo taken on a boardwalk or in an arcade--long before it became a macbook app.  It was also back when we lived on whatever food we could scrounge from the restaurant where I cooked and he tended bar. I think there were many days when I considered a pickle my lunch, followed by a stale piece of French bread for dinner.  Ah, we were so bohemian.  Not really, but we were in love, and later that same year, on this very day, August 6th, we were married.  This fall it will be twenty years since we met, and like any couple who has been together for more than a few years, we've weathered our share of storms, but it fills me with joy to say that we are still pretty darn crazy about each other--and we're still the best of friends.

And now we're back in a city we love.  Let me share two quick dreams: 

Yesterday morning Todd said, "I dreamed early this morning that I was listening to a really beautiful piece of classical music.  Then I woke up and realized that the music was really the cry of the seagulls outside our bedroom window."

Just before waking this morning I dreamed that it was winter--one of those special bright winter days when the air is crisp and the whole world looks like it is made out of crystal.  I looked out my window and realized that the street was glazed with smooth ice, so I threw on clothes, laced up my skates, and ran gingerly down the stairs.  Once outside, I glided onto the ice and skated straight into the center of town, passing other skaters twirling, spinning, and leaping as I whipped past them in my perfect skates.  A man called out to me, "Beautiful day, isn't it?"

"Yes," I replied. "It's the best day ever."

xoxo Gigi


30 comments:

  1. I am so happy this was the first thing I read today. Before the newspaper, before my email. This beautiful post started my day with such grace. Thank you!

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  2. Those dreams are both kind of beautiful, the transition from them into real, waking life absolutely perfect. Those are the kinds of waking-up where the day seems a little bit brighter because you dreamed.

    There are still photobooths! They're more rare now, but I see them still from time to time. I wish there were more; I always loved the awesome candids that come from those, that one or two where you don't quite expect the flash when it comes...

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  3. Happy Anniversary! The pictures, the memories and the dreams are all wonderful. Thank you and hugs and kisses all around.

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  4. Oh, such a lovely dream! Reading this makes it official...you are a kindred spirit.
    xoxo

    Dawn

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  5. OMG! That whole entire post from pics to dreams to love story is all so magical! Congrats to the two of you :)
    Blessed day.

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  6. Gigi, I can hear the change in your 'voice' here... I think you are where you are supposed to be. Happy Day to you both and congratulations!

    hugs and smiles

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  7. beautiful

    happy happy anniversary

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  8. an anniversary, filled with love.
    my friend, blessing to you both.
    xoxo

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  9. Happy Anniversary to you and Todd! Your beautiful post gave me the chills when I read it - so wonderful! I used to love those photo booths, I too have some wonderful shots from the closeted booth...Have a gorgeous day, my friend! xxoo :)

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  10. Happy Anniversary to you both. It's fun trying to interpret dreams. My Grandmother use to have a book on that..

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  11. Happy Anniversary! I always wonder what dreams mean. What lovely dreams to wake up to, and recall.
    I love the photo booth pics of you and Todd..I think I might have one hiding somewhere as well.
    Have a perfect weekend!

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  12. Dear Gigi and Todd,
    Many congratulations on your anniversary. I just know that you will be having many more happy times in the future..... and more lovey photos of you both. I, too, loved those photo booths. I have loads of photos like yours.
    Enjoy all of your memories past and look forward to making many more in the future. Lots of love to you both. XXXX

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  13. happy anniversay to you both, what a sweet post & wonderful photo booth moment.
    now I want to go & find some old pics & dream about life so many years ago.
    enjoy the weekend sweet Gigi.

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  14. Happy, happy anniversary!! Isn't it wonderous to discover that life actually gets better the longer you live with someone? What a joy. What a blessing! May you be blessed with at least fifty more happy, laughing years together.

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  15. How SWEET those photos, Gigi...Happy Anniversary to you & Todd! May the love keep growing & blooming. So lovely the dreams you shared with us... Don't you love it when your dreams are your real life, and your life your dreams... *sigh*... That's when you know life is good. ;o) Happy days in your new home in your beloved city. ((BIG HUGS))

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  16. How beautiful...your dreams (what a romantic pair you are) and your love for each other. To share your life with your best friend...it doesn't get any better than that! Happy Anniversary, sweet Gigi.

    Now I must read on to see where it is you are moving to! It's been way too long since I visited last...

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  17. such happy and beautiful dreams

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  18. Happy Anniversary! Aw I love your pictures, even though it is quite scary to think that soon a photo booth picture will have to be explained - here we still sit in little booths, at least I do... perhaps the younger cooler folk do something different! Oh dear maybe now I am old.

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  19. Oh, happiest of anniversaries to you both, dearest! Last May was our twenty-years-since-we-fell-in-love anniversary too. May you have many, many more.
    And thank you for sharing this sweet snapshot into your lives together all those years ago, in more ways than one.

    C x

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  20. Happy Anniversary! I'm trying to remember what I was doing on my 16th anniversary. We were in our first year in a new town and my kids were 6 and 8...now I'm a grandmother, time goes so quickly...enjoy every minute! I'm glad to hear you so happy!

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  21. happy anniversary, and wishing you many more lovely, dream filled days ;)

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  22. Happy Belated Anniversary. What a cool find...

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  23. Oh Gigi...you sound light and carefree. I'm certain your creativity is just overflowing...
    I so love seasons when life is just right.
    Happy happy anniversary my friend.
    xoxo
    Robin
    (I've never ice skated but now I have this delicious image of me on skates, head raised to the sun, arms out, chilly wind in my face...weeeeeeee!)

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  24. hooray for life with someone you love. the only way to live.

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  25. Gigi, this is such a beautiful post. Happy belated Anniversary, sweet friend. May you both continue to be happy and in love.

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  26. Awww, sweet remembrances filled with smiles and the love goes on...Happy Anniversary

    Today would have been Mike and I's 10 year anniversary (we called our wedding 'The Summer of Love' 2000)and while I have survived and surmounted some things I thought I never could, I still can't get over the 'what if' of what our future could have been.

    Mike died unexpectedly from an aneurysm February 22, 2007 and to me...he will always be 58 and in love...

    I am humbled by the memories and feel fortunate to have let him in my life...

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  27. Gigi, so beautiful. Happy Anniversary.

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  28. I am listening to Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus (which really is a beautiful piece of classical music) and for some reason, (I say rather disingenuously), this post made me cry. Well, OF COURSE it made me cry . . . it's love(ly).

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