Wednesday, May 25, 2011

It's been a long, strange trip

It's hard to believe it's been 20 years already since friends and family gathered to witness DH and I promising each other love and commitment.  It hasn't been an easy ride by any means.  His sister gave a lovely talk at our wedding, in the tradition of old fairytales, about loyal Hans:
A long long time ago, there was a lost prince.  Maybe he was turned into a frog or something, but his family sought him for years to no avail.  Most dedicated was the servant, Loyal Hans, whose heart was so close to breaking, that he has 3 iron bands put around it to keep it together.
Many years later, the prince was found, the spell broken by a beautiful princess, and the prince's overjoyed family dispatched Loyal Hans to collect the prince and his bride, in the family carriage .  On the way home, Loyal Hans' heart grew so full of love and happiness, that one of the iron bands burst open.  Hearing the dreadful noise, the prince grabbed his bride's hand and prepared to leap from the carriage, which sounded like it was about to fall apart.  Loyal Hans reassured the worried Prince that there was nothing to worry about, just stay in the carriage, all was well.  This happened again, and one more time as the iron bands burst from Loyal Hans' heart.  Finally he explained to his Prince, "Don't leap out of the carriage at the first sign of trouble.  That's just the bands on my heart expanding so that love can grow and fill it".
Happy Anniversary, DH.  It's certainly not been an easy road we've traveled, but we've survived it, even thrived.  That's definitely something to celebrate!


  1. Oh, my goodness, we have the same anniversary! Happy 20th anniversary to you two! How will you celebrate?

    I loved the story btw; I never heard it before. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Congrats! To you AND Julie. That is quite an accomplishment my two favorite kimchi mamas!

    - Mary

  3. Agreed, quite an accomplishment, particularly given some of the obstacles I've thrown in our way along the journey. I love you all the more for the patience and endless dedication you've shown along the way. Happy Anniversary, love. I hate to mix my metaphors...but here's to our next 20 years of hanging in there "like a piece of furniture!"

  4. I hope you have the happiest of celebrations in all the land.


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