Or as someone at work called me this week, Mrs Barbara.
And so as I settled into married life and pretend to be a grown up, I thought my first blog post would be a very lazy post...and that I would share my wedding speech with you all...
"I know its not traditional for a bride to make a speech on the wedding day, but for those who know me well, know that I don’t easily conform to traditions.
But most importantly I thought Dave should get used to the fact that I will always have the last word…
Anyway…My lovely husband has already thanked the many people that have made today possible, it has been super special to have so many of you involved in the planning and organising. And I do just want to say again how unbelievably grateful we are to you all.
The last 5 years of my life have been something of a rollercoaster. I sometimes have to pinch myself when I think how far I have come.
And that’s testament to the love and support from Dave, my Mum, Dad, Sister, family and close friends, I couldn’t have got where I am today without you.
I know I have tried your patience many times, but your understanding, encouragement and care has been overwhelming. There have been some incredibly difficult moments, but you have been there through everything.
You have given me hope.
You have made me who I am today.
Which leads me to a favourite poem of mine…
Bits and pieces, bits and pieces.
People important to you, People unimportant to you, cross your life, touch it with love and move on.
There are people who leave you and you breathe a sigh of relief and wonder why you ever came into contact with them.
There are people who leave you, and you breathe a sigh of remorse and wonder why they had to go and leave such a gaping hole.
Children leave parents, friends leave friends.
Acquaintances move on.
People change homes. People grow apart. Enemies hate and move on. Friends love and move on.
You think of the many people who have moved in and out of your hazy memory.
You look at those present and wonder.
I believe in god's master plan in lives. He moves people in and out of each other's lives, and each leaves his mark on the other.
You find you are made up of bits and pieces of all who have ever touched your life.
You are more because of them, and would be less if they had not touched you.
I Pray that you accept the bits and pieces in humility and wonder, and never question and never regrets.
Bit's and pieces, bits and pieces.-Anonymous
I know that I am made up of these bits and pieces, and I am so thankful for them.
And now I suppose I should talk a little bit more about my handsome husband Mr Burborough, Dave, Burbs to some and Badger to me.
He is my rock, my cheerleader, my best friend. He builds me up, supports me, and is always on my side. He is my number one top banana, and I cant imagine my life without him.
I’m more because of him and I would be less without him.
In the words of the wonderful Take That, “you brought me back to life” .
He is the best man I have ever known, and I am so proud to call him my husband!
I have so many favourite films and books featuring much loved romantic couples. Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester, Elizabeth and Mr Darcey, Beauty and the Beast, Marius and Cosette, Anne and Gilbert, Cinderella and Prince Charming, Sandy and Danny, Miss Piggy and Kermit.
And as much as these characters have taught me about romance, it is nothing in comparison to the love I have with Dave.
Love isn’t about hearts, roses and flowers.
Love is making me a warm lemon squash in the morning, or cleaning the bathroom because you know I hate it.
Love is making me go for a walk when you know I’m anxious, or reassuring me that my nightmares aren’t real in the middle of the night.
Love is itching the itch I can’t reach on my back, or making sure we don’t go to sleep without settling an argument.
Love is watching films you don’t like or putting up with my messy pile of clothes.
Love is laughing together at jokes that no-one else would find funny.
Love is getting through tough times together, and making each other stronger.
Love is accepting each other for who we are.
Love is Dave, Love is Susie.
Love is Pigs, Love is Burbs.
Love is Me and Love is You."