Category: Gifts from life

Story 10 – Pink Hibiscus

Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.                                             ~Robert Browning~ My fortieth birthday fell on a sunny April spring day. The rose and lilac scents began to drive away the memories of the snowy winter. I looked forward with hope, but one dream began to slowly fade. …

Story 9 – Un Bel Di (One Fine Day)

For I’m not so old, and not so plain, And I’m quite prepared to marry again.                                      ~W.S. Gilbert, Iolanthe~ “For heaven’s sake, Annalee, you’re just going on a date. You don’t have to marry the guy!” My sister’s words rang in my ears as I hung up the phone. …

Story 8 – My Husband Married a Woman Named Donna

You can fall in love at first sight with a place as with a person.                                                  ~Alec Waugh~ Sunlight danced across the turquoise water, and a warm breeze filled our sails, propelling us and our dreams into an uncharted future. Captain Alex stood barefoot on the stern of his sailboat …

Story 7 – “Accidental” Wedding

Winter either bites with its teeth or lashes with its tail.                                                         ~Proverb~ I was the second woman letter carrier hired in Kent, Washington, back in the fall of 1968. I’d only worked there a few days when I noticed a tall, handsome man who liked to tease and joke …

Story 6 – Highland Fling for Two

If we could ever make red tape nutritional, we could feed the world.                                       ~Robert Schaeberle~ Kenny was born and raised in New Jersey, but spent every summer on his grandma’s farm in Topeka, Kansas. I was born and raised in suburban New York, and spent many teenage vacations on …

Story 5 – A Wedding with Tim

The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire.                                     ~Sharon Ralls Lemon~ It was uncharacteristically hot and sultry on Quadra Island, British Columbia, and I was evaporating. I have never liked the heat except …

Story 4 – Polterabend

Men are made stronger on realization that the helping hand they need is at the end of their own arm.                                                 ~Sidney J. Phillips~ When we taxied down the runway and took off with a roar, my stomach fluttered, and John reached over, giving my hand a warm squeeze. We …

Story 3 – Bagpipes in Toronto

To have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part.                                ~Book of Common Prayer~ We were married in Toronto in October 2005. We chose Toronto because I …

Story 2 – An Interesting Cast of Characters

I am not in this world to live up to other people’s expectations, nor do I feel that the world must live up to mine.                                                 ~Fritz Perls~ When my husband and I decided to get hitched on January 1, 2000, his family was all in Serbia and my parents …

Story 1 – The Second Time Around

Come, let’s be a comfortable couple and take care of each other! How glad we shall be, that we have somebody we are fond of always, to talk to and sit with.                                                   ~Charles Dickens~ I’ve been to a wonderful wedding. It was not one of those June extravaganzas in …