Sunday, July 17, 2011

Happily Ever After...finally.

The Honeymoon- the usual culminating activity of the bridal process. In many great movies where weddings are a central theme, the guests and family wave and shout frantically as they send off the happy couple. Many times the bride changes from her wedding dress into a suit, obviously the most appropriate attire for travel, and off to start the rest of their lives they go. Annie and Brian from Father of the Bride, Shelby and Jackson from Steel Magnolias, Samantha's older sister and husband in Sixteen Candles, the list goes on... Happily ever after, as they drive into the sunset.
However reality isn't always so sequential, so scripted.

The wedding was stunning, everything I had always hoped and more.
A warm October evening,
Fantastic food, family and friends,
Dancing and drinking the night away.
Our subtle beach themed, fairly classic wedding.

Purse strings stretched tightly, we decided to postpone a honeymoon.
Responsibilities to maintain. 
Debts to pay.

In a few months, maybe over the holiday.
Responsibilities to maintain
Debts to pay.

No in the summer,
Definitely in the summer.
August would be perfect.

I'm sorry, it appears you have a blood clot in your lung.
Health to maintain.
Debts to pay.

Maybe for the new year?
Responsibilities to maintain
Debts to Pay

"I'll take care of it," he said. "We deserve something big."
Responsibilities maintained
Debts Paid

Two weeks before, a positive pregnancy test.
Between tears, I managed to offer my apologies for ruining our much delayed and anticipated honeymoon.
Kisses and hugs and reassurance in only the most fitting of ways.
"It's okay, at least I can still drink!"

When we returned,
Major responsibilities to maintain
Debts to pay
But for seven days,
alternate reality.
Honeymoon turned baby moon,
our own little slice of heaven.

Breakfast set up daily

One of the semi-secluded beaches

Toes in the sand

Blissfully unaware of the perils of pending parenthood

Flicker of Inspiration Prompt #8: I Need a Vacation

Write about a trip either you or a character has taken. It doesn't need to be a literal trip but can be more of figurative journey. If you're writing memoir, what do you remember most about this trip? Do you remember what it's like to go somewhere you've never been? If you're writing fiction, describe your character's trip vividly. Make us feel what your character felt, see what they saw, experience what they experienced. Come back and take us on your journey by linking up next Sunday.

After attempting to write a new piece to address the prompt for the Red Dress Club,  I realized this piece was it. This week's prompt asked us to write about a time that rhythm, or a lack thereof, played a role in your life. And don’t use the word “rhythm.”


  1. This was wonderful!! I love how you told this story. And your pictures match my dream vacation...glad you got your honeymoon, even if it was a little late. :)

  2. I think it's so admirable that you guys delayed your honeymoon a bit. So many of us get caught up in the wedding and the honeymoon so that we start our lives off in worst debt because of those two events. It's refreshing that you waited and were responsible.

    Like Jen, I love the way you told this...with those obligations always sneaking in when you least expected it. Sometimes life gets in the way of life. :) But so glad you were able to take your honeymoon/baby moon and thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures!!

  3. Judging from you pictures, it looks like your honeymoon was worth the wait. Your piece had a wonderful rhythm to it.

  4. blissfully unaware of the pending perils of parenthood--oh, that made me laugh....because it is true!

    I was so afraid with each stanza that the trip would never come. You told it well. I am so glad you did get to take that honeymoon.

  5. We both wrote of Happily Ever After...and I loved yours. I love the repeating words and they rhythm that it took. The pictures, gorgeous!

  6. what a beautiful post! the honeymoon looks amazing.

    here fro ftlob

  7. Wow! Love the way you kept pulling us out to the possibility of that honeymoon only snap us right back to the obligations and those damn debt to pay. Always the debt...

    We'll be married for 10 years on 8/5 and we still haven't taken our honeymoon. Alas, you have provided me with a glimmer of hope that it will come.

    You stopped me in my tracks with the blood clot part. You evoked fear and regret with very few words. Well done!!

  8. So great! I know that refrain--it speaks to me. We also waited, for the pressures of work. Fortunately, we were able to go only a few months later.

    Glad it worked out for you guys!

  9. Yes, I get this. That darn debt always in the way!

    I loved the refrain,t he ebb and flow of your words, that evenly matched life.

    And those pictures? *Swoon*

  10. Loved this post!!! The pictures were so beautiful! I'm so glad I got to see, I have NEVER been to the ocean! You looked so happy. I would be too! lol I've been married for 5 years, no proper Honeymoon myself, but when we do, it's gonna be amazing!!!

    Also wanted to thank you as well for visiting my blog and for being kind enough to leave such a sweet comment! I'm so glad you found me...i'm also a member of TRDC and L&TLB!!

    Have a STELLAR day,

    Jenny @ Jems From Jenny


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