Our Masterpiece

Solar Eclipse by Ashwini Chaudhary (unsplash.com)Photo by Ashwini Chaudhary

I love the fact that the sky is always changing, never exactly the same, sometimes subtly different, sometimes breathtakingly so. Last night the moon was a shimmering crescent cradled by a perfectly-formed diamond of zelkova branches. It was one of the loveliest, most magical works of art I’ve ever seen.

And then it struck me: “No one else on earth has ever seen this masterpiece, or ever will. It was made just now, just for me.” I tried to capture it with my phone, but digital light sensors can’t sense magic. It was as if God were saying, “No, this is only for you.”

A short time later, as I reached to turn off my nightstand light, I looked down at my wife’s beautiful, peaceful face, framed perfectly by soft folds of bedcovers. And I thought, “No one else on earth has ever seen this masterpiece, either. It too was made just for me.”

As of yesterday, Trudy and I have been married thirty-six years. And I’m continually grateful for the ever-changing sky that is our marriage. No one else has ever lived the life we have together, and no one else ever will. It’s a constantly changing masterpiece…

Made just for us.

About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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72 Responses to Our Masterpiece

  1. Abe Austin says:

    What a blessing, to be able to see the beauty that so often goes overlooked. Good for you, Mitch!

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  2. The heavens (planets, moon, stars, etc.) have their own dance, which we enjoy even as the Earth is part of it. You and your wife have your own poignant dance as part of the whole. Amazing. Congratulations on those 36 years!

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  3. You have so many Creative Muses, Mitch. I love the poet that comes into view on those magical times when singular beauty surprises you. Thank you for reminding us that such moments are there if we make room for them.

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  4. I love the perspective you provide in this post! Here’s to the magic!!

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  5. Congrats on your 36th wedding anniversary! You are both blessed to have made it this far together ❤

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  6. Paula Light says:

    Happy anniversary! 💕

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  7. trE says:

    This is so beautiful. Congratulations to the both of you!

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  8. douryeh says:

    Congratulations 💞🎂 Much happiness

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  9. How true, everyone has a unique life.

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  10. Dora says:

    Lovely, Mitch. My husband and I will soon celebrate our thirty-third wedding anniversary. I feel God’s love in so many “masterpiece” God-given moments I spend with him, moments “just for us.”

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  11. pkadams says:

    Happy anniversary!

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  12. A. Rinum says:

    This made me realize that in order for someone to see the beauty we see they need our eyes. The sky is the same for everyone, but it looks different to everyone. And Happy Anniversary.

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  13. Rocky says:

    Congratulations on you anniversary and May God continue to bless you and Trudy.

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  14. tracykard says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! You were wise not to take a picture of your sleeping wife and post it on social media. Speaking from experience. 🙂

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  15. leendadll says:

    Congrats on the anniversary!! I love that you still appreciate her beauty!

    Thanks for the wonderful outlook on magic moments of beauty!!!

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  16. A beautiful post Mitch! Coming up on our 44th anniversary in a few weeks and I believe I will print this out for my husband!

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  17. quiall says:

    You are a lucky man to share your life with your best friend. Congratulations!

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  18. atimetoshare.me says:

    Congrats to you and Trudy. In today’s world that’s major. Paul and I will celebrate 57 years in a little over a week.

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  19. Wow, you’ve painted a beautiful picture of marriage here, Mitch. Thank you, and God bless you and Trudy with many more moons together. ~ Cindie

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  20. Nancy Ruegg says:

    What a glorious way to live life–appreciative of every masterpiece God bestows. And there are so many! Thank you, Mitch, for the beauty and inspiration of your words here.

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  21. Debi Walter says:

    Congratulations to you and your masterpiece. Tom and I celebrate 43 years ago today he proposed to me. I am so glad I said Yes! And I am so glad God gives us those magical moments when we pause and look up! It is glorious!

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  22. rwfrohlich says:

    Most of the world gives hardly a glance at the glorious pictures that God is continually painting. Sometimes I’ll see a sunset, or a colorful bird or a forest in the Fall and I’ll actually say, “Father, you made that and it’s beautiful. Thank you.”
    Congratulations on your thirty sixth anniversary. Newlyweds cannot fathom how much love grows as the years pass. We have been blessed for 55 years.

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  23. mitchteemley says:

    Congrats to you, as well, then, Robert!


  24. Michele Lee says:

    A beautiful post, Mitch. Congratulations on your anniversary! 💐

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  25. Mya says:

    Happy Anniversary! That was a beautiful post!!

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  26. Hetty Eliot says:

    Congrats, Mitchell. You and your wife are both so lucky.

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  27. We are each uniquely blessed, aren’t we, Mitch? Only God…

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  28. Omg! Such never ending love. ❤

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  29. Wow, Mitch. I thinks that’s the most romantic thing I’ve ever read. How beautiful. And congrats on 36 years.

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  30. Kate Duff says:

    Lovely post Mitch.

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  31. Mary Sweeney says:

    This is the sweetest post, Mitch. I can tell that you treasure Trudy.
    Congratulations on 36 years!

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  32. Gypsy says:

    Congratulations!!! Cheers to many more magical years for you both 🥂

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  33. Ashley says:

    A wonderful post! Special! 🙋‍♂️

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  34. Ron Bouchard says:

    Sweet! I can relate. My loving wife of 39 years, a priceless ever-changing gift from God.

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  35. Mitch magic–a gift among many from above.

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