Today was the day. Up until this morning getting the license was just another errand to run: Go to Target, post office, get marriage license, buy milk, etc. Yesterday, I read all the instructions on the county clerk's website, printed and filled out the paperwork. That was all pretty straight forward. This morning was different.
I suddenly felt very emotional about our little lunch time errand. There was something intense about it. Mike asked me repeatedly if there was anything else he needed. It seems too simple. We read some information, fill out some forms, show id, pay a fee and swear we aren't lying. That's it? I guess all the complication would be on the other end of the marriage process.
I brought a book and tie swatches to discuss with Mike thinking we'd be waiting a while. We waited less than 5min. We sat down across the desk from a nice lady named Marjorie. We followed the process: read some information, fill out some forms, show id, pay a fee and swear we aren't lying. She silently input our information double and triple checking it while the robotic announcer lady voice intermittently called out numbers.
It was surreal. The process start to finish took in the neighborhood of 20min. She told us our effective marriage date is Monday and the license expires in May. So, we walked out joking about how Mike could have fun at his bachelor party this weekend since he won't be effectively married until Monday. Wild stuff. The government's given its blessing for us to marry, huh.
It's so official now. Exciting and a little odd...