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Thursday, March 18, 2010

The story of a boy and a girl


Fifteen years ago today a 21 year old girl married a 22 year old boy. They were both still in college, working part time at the mall and had no idea what the future would bring. All they knew was that they wanted to find out together. Four months after the wedding, the girl graduated college but the boy didn't because money was tight. A year and 3 days after getting married, the boy left for Army Basic Training. Life was difficult and the Army seemed the right move for the young couple. It guaranteed a pay check and medical coverage. They would see how it went. The boy, now 23 came back a man. Life got better. They moved. Moved again. Moved to Europe, traveled around and then moved back to America. They moved a few more times. The boy advanced in rank, life continued to get better and 7 years after the wedding, a baby boy came along. Life was good. Money was tight at times, but they managed to get by and were generally happy. War came and the boy went. The girl and the baby, and a couple of dogs picked up through the years stayed behind and waited. The baby grew. The boy came home. Different, but still they endured. The baby grew some more, the boy got promoted, the dogs slept and the girl held it all together. They moved a few more times. The boy went to war again. The second time was worse than the first. The boy had nightmares, anger, flashbacks. The girl was sometimes afraid, but they moved on, worked through it and life got better. They moved again. They grew older and wiser. They fought. They laughed. The baby grew into a little boy who charmed and amazed them. The boy got promoted. They moved. The boy went away every now and then and the girl and the little boy waited. Life was sometimes stressful, sometimes fun, sometimes crazy. The boy went to officer school and they moved yet again. The dogs still slept, and the little boy still amazed them and brought more joy than they could ever have imagined. The boy and the girl were no longer the boy and the girl that got married. They had changed along the way. Grown apart at times and back together. Fought and loved. Laughed and cried. Life was not what the boy and girl expected that day fifteen years ago. The boy did not tour with his band. The girl did not write the great American novel. Those dreams fell to the wayside somewhere along the journey. The boy and the girl came to realize that they didn't mind. The boy and the girl were amazed at how far they came in those 15 years.
Today the boy is spending yet another anniversary away thanks to the Army and the girl and the little boy are staying behind and waiting. The dogs are sleeping. Life continues to get better.

Happy Anniversary Mr. HH.




15 comments:

Crazy Shenanigans said...

Happy Anniversary!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Happy Anniversary!!!! Isn't it funny how life doesn't even begin to turn out like you thought when you were young? You two have survived more than most with him being in the service, I thank you both for all of your sacrifices. I know God has blessed you and will continue to bless you. I know He's watching over you. Hugs, Marty

Stella said...

I was drawn to you blog because of the title! I didn't know I'd get a love story TOO! Awesome! Happy anniversary!

Jaime said...

happy anniversary

Bonita said...

Happy Anniversary! It sounds like y'all have been through a lot in fifteen years! You were a beautiful bride and now you're a beautiful fifteen-years-married woman.

Allison @ I heart Change said...

Happy Anniversary! I love your story. I know what happens next! The boy gets back, gets promoted, and then you move!

I love it.

~ Dawn ~ said...

Such a sweet sweet story....Happy Anniversary!!

family of 4 on the move! said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!!
That is a beautiful pic of you in your wedding dress. You were definitely a beautiful bride and haven't changed a bit..how do you do that?!

Captain Dumbass said...

Happy Anniversary.

Joyfulness said...

Amazing journey. Beautiful pictures. Hope your anniversary was lovely. And that Mr HH is home (or soon home!)

Frau said...

Great love story! Happy Anniversary!

Sandy said...

Such a sweet story. Happy Anniversary. I hope he's home real soon. Thanks for all the sacrifices you make.

Jenna said...

Happy Anniversary! As a newlywed who is doing the whole move/figure out life/work/thing, I found this post to be really inspiring!

BeautifulWreck said...

You look beautiful in your dress! Congrats to the two of you!

Hot Ginger Mess said...

I remember that day. As I recall, you looked even more beautiful than in the pix.

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