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Dedicated to John
Submitted by Anonymous
We were married at 19 and 21. Although they only wanted the best for us, our youth and inexperience created doubts about our future together in minds of our friends and family. There has never been a doubt in my mind though...not once. I knew you were my "the one." I had no last minute jitters before I walked down that aisle on our wedding day. There were no question marks in my thoughts. I only saw the man of my dreams in front of me. The man I knew I would love for the rest of my life.
It didn't matter where we went for our honeymoon, only that I would be with you. I remember insufficient funds and coaching schedules denied us an extravagant get-away. We decided camping would be an enjoyable honeymoon weekend adventure. Somehow we got a late start that first day and didn't arrive at the campsite until after dark. My illogical fear of bears and lack of desire to pitch a tent in the dark encouraged a different itinerary. I honestly can't remember what hotel we ended up at and it doesn't really matter, does it?
That was almost 10 years ago, yet it doesn't seem that long ago. It is hard to believe that this June we will be celebrating our 10-year anniversary. Each day I fall more in love with you. This is a concept difficult for me to grasp, since I remember how strong my feelings were for you when we first began our life together.
We deserve to celebrate these years. I tell you this and go on about my big Hawaiian dream vacation/belated honeymoon. A trip we shouldn't have to wait any longer for, because it's our "10-year." When I tell you this, you agree, but your view on our celebration reminds me again why I love you so much. You tell me that rather than making a big deal about how many years we have been together (like it is some major feat), we should be looking forward to the many more we have to share. Of course the way you say this sounds so much better than how I am writing it. How do you somehow always manage the perfect words?
The road we've traveled together has not been without its speed bumps and the path in front of us is not straight, but I know that we will always travel it side by side. Hawaii, its beautiful beaches, tropical landscape, luaus, and various paradise activities may have to wait to experience us. I know that we aren't at a point in our lives where we can accommodate its expense. I am confident that wherever we are for our 10-year anniversary, it will be wonderful because we will be together.
I love you, Bug.