February 10, 2015

Making It Official: An Anniversary Throwback

It’s the middle of February, that lovey-dovey time of year once again. Time for candy hoarding, love-themed crafts, and heart-shaped cuisine. I have a love/hate relationship with Valentine’s Day: I love the roses, chocolate, wine, and romance; I hate that everywhere I go, I feel like I’m in a perpetual 2nd-grade classroom. Enough construction paper crafts already, I can hear reams of it screaming apocalypse. But more chocolate, please!

Being on that love/hate line, I could easily go either way with unshakable fortitude. This year, on this blog, I will opt for the “love” side and celebrate a very special anniversary with all of you: the day that Prince Albert went public with his love for South African swimmer Charlene Wittstock.

The couple made their first public appearance on February 10, 2006. That’s right, exactly 9 years ago today! And aren’t they the cutest? I’m a sucker for throwbacks, flashbacks, or lookbacks. After spending a lot of time focused on the present – marriage, babies, balconies, boat-burning, etc. – it’s nice to look back at where the couple started.

These two made their debut at the Torino Olympic Games. It was a wise choice: familiar territory for Charlene as a former Olympian; comfortable, low-pressure atmosphere for Prince Albert.

Definitely low-pressure – look how goofy! It’s strange and lovely to see Albert so relaxed (and obviously smitten).

Yeah, we see you being all cute. Don’t be trying to hide it.

It’s easy to tell from these photos that they really were right there in the beginning part of their relationship. I can almost feel my hands reaching for the pink markers to scribble cartoon hearts on top of their eyes.

See, this is one of the things that makes me love Valentine’s Day. Romance gets a surge of strength, and even those who are constantly in the spotlight succumb to its power. It’s remarkable and lovely. Where were you 9 years ago? As for me, I had just gone on my first date with my now-husband, and wasn’t sure yet if it was going to go anywhere. HA! Real talk. At least I keep it honest with you guys!

Happy Valentine’s Day to anyone out there who loves love, and a happy “going public” anniversary to Charlene and Albert. (Now everyone, stop making paper hearts and go eat more chocolate!)

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