How time flies.

Five years ago today, a woman I had known for only a few weeks went with me to see a movie called Punch. It was our second date. And because it took place the day before Valentine’s Day, and because we were technically just friends and not officially “dating” yet, I gave her a home-made card with a picture of the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, and wished her a happy “un-Valentine’s Day”.

Three years ago today, that woman married me.

Two years ago today, we celebrated our first wedding anniversary with friends, after visiting our nine-day-old twins in the hospital.

Today, we … stayed home with the kids, all three of them. (The third one will be one month old tomorrow, though it feels like his one-month birthday should be today, because he was born less than an hour after midnight.) And we hung out with our friend Magnus, who dropped by after work for a few hours.

Nothing spectacular. These days it’s a relief just to get a nap sometimes. But it’s cozy. Life is good.

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • stodmyk

    Congratulations, several times over, and happy anniversary as well. This was a lovely little post, my friend, and I tip my hat to you and yours on this day of hearts.

    I’m not sure how it happened, but I missed the fact that you had twins… Identical, or frats?

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Frats, boy and girl. I posted a picture of them a few weeks ago here. See also here for pictures of them on the day they were born, and here for a link to their first appearance on TV, only a few days after they were born.

  • Peter T Chattaway

    Oh, and thanks for the hat-tipping! Good to hear from you again. Hope things are going well!

  • Peter T Chattaway

    And hey, come to think of it, weren’t you there at the Pacific Cinematheque on the same night that my now-wife and I went to see the restored version of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis? That was on March 2, 2003, according to my film journal, and would have been one of our earliest dates; I had only known D for about a month, maybe a month and a half at the most, by then. That was a very good evening — it stands out in my memory — and you were a part of it, man!

  • jasdye

    belated congratulations on the anniversary, peter.