Most little girls are raised on fairytales. Cinderella gets to go to the ball and falls in love with Prince Charming. True loves kiss breaks the evil spell. The frog turns into a prince. The Prince and Princess live happily ever after. Everyone gets a Valentine for the class party.
Then we grow up. We realize that being an adult is hard. We find out that a lot of men are in fact toads. True love does exist, but it isn’t as easy to find as putting on a dress and going to ONE ball (or date). We don’t have fairy godmothers. There’s no one looking out for our love life, waiting to swoop in with all the answers. Life definitely isn’t a fairytale.
Our hearts get broken. Over and over again. Some people are lucky enough to find “the one” on the first try and stay married. Some people get divorced, and have to try the dating thing all over again. Some people never find the one. And some people give up on finding “the one” and when they stop looking, he shows up on your doorstep with a bottle of wine and a smile that melts your heart and breaks down your walls.
I didn’t intend to fall in love with Sam. I certainly didn’t intend to get married. What started as something physical quickly transitioned into its very own love story. A love story of epic proportions. A love story for the ages.
Think Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett from Pride & Prejudice. Think Jim and Pam from The Office. Dute and Marilyn from New Lancaster Valley (Pappy and Grammy)! Or Carl and Ellie from Up! And while we could still be considered newlyweds(ish), I think this love has what it takes to go the distance.
Even though my life hasn’t been a fairytale, I’m certainly glad that I was raised believing in happily ever after.
So from our love to yours…Happy Valentine’s Day!
Until Next Time: Peace, Love & Adventures