“There is nothing more admirable than when two people who see eye to eye keep house as man and wife, confounding their enemies and delighting their friends.”
~ Homer, The Odyssey
Eighteen years ago, on this day, everything changes.
We arrive at the church early–Gerry and I–dressed in our finery, ready to begin a new chapter, and intending to start our life together the right way. We are the only two people in the building when we stand face-to-face at the front of the sanctuary, join hands, bow our heads, and pray. We ask God to bless our pending marriage and recommit ourselves to Him and one another.
A short while later, in front of a few friends and family, we are joined as husband and wife. When we were planning the day I maintained I wanted no fuss and would be just as happy to marry in the pastor’s office; in the end I’m glad Gerry insisted on a simple wedding ceremony.
Today, we are going to head out and do something together and it will be simple, satisfying, and sweet. The same way we started this journey eighteen years ago.