Today I have been officially calling this guy
my husband for 13 years. Of course we've known each other for 32 - maybe exactly 32 years, as we met on the first day of 3rd grade. But I called him "Pickles" then (because I didn't like pickles and I did like him, and I didn't want him to know that I liked him - obviously)
In 6th grade we were boyfriend and girlfriend - by proclamation alone, as I wasn't allowed to date, and we didn't really talk to each other. But we knew we liked each other, and he gave me a very pretty necklace for Valentine's Day. (wish I'd kept it, not just for posterity, but to show him that at one time in our relationship he gave me jewelry for gifts.... :) My code name for him was "Mocha Chip" as it was my favorite flavor of ice cream. Of course I needed a code name so that he wouldn't know what I was writing about HIM on my folders, in notes to my bff, and on my paperbag book covers!
There are many names I call him now, but for today we'll stick to my Best Friend and True Love. After all, it is our anniversary.
As an aside....Is it telling that my nicknames for him always involved food?....