Monday, May 10, 2004

The eleventh hour is upon me

I have 47 more days until Arthur and I are married. As the time grows closer, I find myself on a similar roller coaster of feelings as when I first lost Andy.

It isn't that I don't want to get married, I do with all of my heart. But...why in the world have we chosen to do the whole complicated wedding bit, when for a few dollars and little fuss we could have gone to the courthouse and been done with it??

It just hit me what the answer is. Not only is this wedding a way for us to show our love and long time friendship, it is also a final way of demonstrating publicly what our marriages to Andy and Sue meant to us. By sharing this important occasion with those we love, we are showing that we are not entering this lightly, and that we consider our previous marriages to be extremely important and have helped shape us into who we are today. Does that make sense?

Our invitations read: "We invite you to join us in a celebration of life, hope, and three decades of friendship." That is the spirit that we want to portray as we exchange our vows.

The tears are still here at times, but we must have hope in order to survive. Arthur and I still have a lot of life ahead. We are going to walk on ahead with joy and hope as we share our lives. We have full faith that we will see Andy and Sue again, and mine and Arthur's love for each other will be eternal as our love for our partners who have gone before us.