Two decades

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace.
I love thee to the level of every day’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints. I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life; and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Sonnets from the Portuguese 43

One of my first jobs was as a docent at Armstrong Browning Library when we were students at Baylor University. I absolutely loved every room Armstrong Browning Library, which houses the largest collection of Robert and Elizabeth Browning’s papers in the world. As a history geek, it was a job that suited me, since the art of being a good docent is knowing a lot of good stories. Much like the Brownings themselves, the library is a very romantic place, with extravagant stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Brownings’ poetry. While working there, I helped several men plan and execute elaborate proposals for their sweethearts (a perk of being the one who locked up in the evenings).

My husband and I met at Baylor and chose to elope over Spring Break my senior year. That was 18 years ago today. We’ve now been together for 20 years.

I was surprised to learn that his grandmother had also worked at Armstrong Browning Library when his grandparents were students at Baylor.

The stained glass window for Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Sonnet 43 at Armstrong Browning Library
Baylor University

2 thoughts on “Two decades

  1. That is so wonderful. I remember meeting your husband at Carrie’s wedding. Here’s to many, many more years full of love, laughter, knowledge and happiness.

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