Ten Years


Lego figures built by David Fraser who also took the photo.

Ten years ago a Scottish boy told a Danish girl that he really liked her. The Danish girl went: "Oh shoot, I like you too, but I don't want to ruin our friendship because.." (cue five-minute ramble). The Scottish boy assured the girl that the friendship wouldn't suffer. Ten years later they are still each other's best friend as well as still really liking each other.

I met David online. He had a blog and I had a blog (an earlier incarnation of this one!). True to the era we had no idea what the other person looked like, but we liked the same things (1990s indie pop, art, camp musicals, and books). We were online friends for about four years before we realised we really liked each other's company. We had grown closer over the four years to the point where I considered him one of my best friends. And then he threw that bombshell.

It's difficult to imagine what my life would look like without Dave. I used to say I'd die a spinster underneath a collapsed pile of books - but now I not only know the etymology of the word 'spinster' (someone who spins yarn!) but I also get to talk about yarn, etymology and books for a living. I live in one of the most beautiful cities in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. And I have a life where conversations over dinner revolve around colour theory, art movements, and Star Wars Lego. We have impromptu dance sessions in the kitchen. He takes photos. I knit. We eat cake and discuss politics.

Dave is my rock (and photographer, stylist, sounding board, and biggest cheerleader). Things have not always been easy, but they have been worth it.

Happy ten years to the cool, funny, warm-hearted guy who makes me want to be the best person I can possibly be. Thank you for opening up your life to me. I still really like you too x

(And because I can - here's a Spotify playlist of music we've danced to over the last decade.)