Today marks the 10th wedding anniversary for Donna and me.
Despite my passion for golf, you may be surprised to learn that the three best days of my life have nothing to do with the game.
I first met Donna on December 5, 1991, and I fell in love at first sight. A day earlier, she had called me to volunteer for a charitable program that I had founded to help needy children during the winter holidays. We scheduled a meeting to continue our discussion at a restaurant, and when I walked into the entrance, I saw a girl wearing a red dress and hoped that the lady in red was Donna. We took our time to get to the altar, but on that night, I knew that I had met the love of my life.
We were married on April 29, 2000. The above photo shows Donna and me exiting the reception at Baltimore Country Club under an arch of golf clubs. The entire wedding was meticulously planned by Donna, and everything – the chapel, ceremony, vows, and her dress — was perfect. For our first dance, the band played “Feels Like Home” — a beautiful song that was written by Randy Newman and popularized by Chantal Kreviazuk. For my female readers, I have embedded the Canadian singer’s version with lyrics below:
Almost three years later on February 12, 2003, Donna gave birth to Charlie. For us, raising our son is a life mission that we share. She is an amazing mother, and together, we have experienced another love — the unconditional love that parents have for children. As I have written before, Charlie was the original inspiration for my quest to play on the PGA Tour, and through my effort — which, of course, would not be possible without Donna’s support, I hope to encourage him to never give up on his dreams.
Before I met Donna, I was one-dimensional and self-obsessed. With her in my life, I have become a much better and fuller person. Naturally, I am still not perfect: My honey do list is somehow never totally completed; When it’s my turn to cook dinner, I sometimes add onion to the salad; and like my Dad did to my Mom, I can go to the hardware store for a nail and be gone for hours.
But I know one thing for sure: I am the luckiest husband to have Donna as my wife.
Sweetie, Happy 10th wedding anniversary… I love you!