As I drove on, pressed against time, I was already preparing my defense. In my head, I saw myself in a TV courtroom pleading my own case like a seasoned lawyer, “Members of the jury, here stands an innocent man!” It didn’t work.
Every little girl dreams that one day her prince will take her off by carriage to a castle and marry her. But of course these little girls grow up and humdrum reality makes them realize that this is just a fantasy. Or is it?
First comes love, then comes marriage. It’s been the custom for centuries that couples in love will eventually get married. A traditional marriage begins with a proposal, the man down on one knee, a diamond in hand, asking his one true love to spend the rest of her life with him. It’s a beautiful time – a gesture of pure love and commitment. But why a ring?
Quickly, I make a round of phone calls to friends – no one’s seen her. Then, after getting another cryptic call from her cell phone, that ends abruptly, I figure this is either a cruel joke or something worse. Having had enough, I call 911. A patrol car arrives soon after.
When people learn that my wife and I will soon be celebrating our 45th wedding anniversary, they always want to know the secret to a long-lasting marriage. I tell them what I know: marry well and work hard at your relationship.
Now, with maturity and age, I can’t pretend I didn’t waste some of that valuable time – fearing today, with no faith in tomorrow.
I have two younger sisters, but I readily admit I always wanted a brother as well. I really wanted an older brother, but by the time I was 12, the brothers I got belonged to my mom’s best friend. They moved in down the road from us, three boys taller than I.
a man and woman balanced on a log over a river, holding on to each other by a rope knotted in the middle.
All she had been told was, “to wear some clothes that can get a little dirty.” As the car pulled up in front of the art studio she said, “Ohhhhhhh we’re taking an art lesson! That is so cool!” The maid of honor had to hide her grin, because Crystal really had no idea what they were in for.
Second marriages are tricky. According to the Internet, arguably the world’s most reliable source of accurate statistics and funny cat videos, second marriages have a divorce rate of 67%—making them even harder to pull off successfully than first marriages.