October 2020 was the month of everlasting color. Red and orange, emerald and gold, the vibrancy of the world held out as long--longer even than I had seen before. In years past, the colors of fall were there and gone with barely the time to enjoy it. For all the weird of 2020, if there was still beauty and good and joy, it was found in glorious nature and the love shared between the betrothed and families and friendship. These are the things that are a mystery...yet they are the things that ground us in uncertain times. When everything else that gave our lives comfort and normalcy is taken away, we have love to cling to.
Back on a random weekday in October, Laura and Andrew filled their day with nature and love. They--along with their children--came out to Oglebay Park in Wheeling, WV and held each other close, reminiscing about the early days of their relationship.
Laura had been working as a manger at McDonalds when a new young trainee came into her life. Despite his occasional flirting, she couldn't take him seriously because she thought he was too young for her. But somehow, things have a way of falling into place when the right person comes along at the right time. Laura might not have thought it was the right time or the right person, but eventually friendship bloomed into something more. They started hanging out and Andrew never left.
As time goes on, life becomes comfortable and sometimes we can get lost in the motions of our day-to-day. The fire of new love turns into the constant thrum of a more solid foundation. A love that is reliable and committed. It's often in this place that we discover there are no limits or conditions in which we will love another. It's often in this place that one will know with certainty that the rest of their life would be incomplete without the other.
After some years and two beautiful new lives to devote themselves to, Andrew hatched a plan. A plan to seal his commitment. Buying a ring, Andrew waited a few more months for the perfect moment and place. He took Laura to New York City to see To Kill A Mockingbird, and after the play he asked her to marry him. To join her future forever with his.
The year is 2021. As the days continue to pick up pace in a fast-paced world, the wedding of Andrew and Laura grows nearer. While plagues and insurrection make our headlines sound like they're straight out of a dystopian YA novel, one only has to look around to see the threads of beauty and life persisting. Weddings and births, new love and old love. It may seem idealistic in this day and age, but it's real and wonderful. Light in the darkness.
I can't wait to witness another beautiful day with Andrew and Laura.
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