You see, I am so very lucky. Today, 18 years ago, I met Phil on a beach in Newquay, after answering his advert in the personal column of The Vegan Society's magazine. He was 6ft 2 of lush vegan surfyness and my eyes nearly popped out of my head when I first saw him. I was so nervous I couldn't stop talking and, well, as he is a man of few words most of the time anyway, he couldn't get a word in edge ways! Luckily that didn't put him off, and despite living at the time 50 miles apart, our relationship blossomed, grew and developed. I truly believe vegan love runs deep. That understanding of being vegan adds that unspoken 'knowing' and love.
I can't imagine life without my vegan soul mate. I love him as much today, if not more, than ever. He puts up with my madness, I so with him, but most of all we stand side by side in love and belief. Despite growing old(er) together, we remain kids at heart.
We are not big on anniversaries or anything soppy like that, and he doesn't know I am writing this blogpost. Normally we just verbally acknowledge the fact that it is our anniversary and that's it. However, it has been such a crazy horrible year for multiple reasons, I just wanted to say to him how much I loved him and how much I have appreciated him being there totally all the way. I love you Phil.
So, as music is such a big part of our lives, and having not long ago discovered the lovely Ouroboros album from Ray LaMontagne, I include the song below. We've been singing some of the lyrics to each other recently when it comes on -
When I am with you
When I am with you
I'm right where I belong
Right where I belong....
and so this evening (Cornish weather permitting) we will be;
Sat in the grass 'neath the evening sky
....no doubt toasting the sunset over the beach with a lovely glass of vegan vino (not a Ray LaMontagne lyric I might add)!