For the record, I’m about as romantic as a snail and so is my husband. I remember once, I was really pissed off at him and told him he had to prepare a nice candlelit dinner for me to make it up to me. He did put in a great effort for the dinner, although when I arrived at the house, Mama was in the car right behind me! Not a good way to start off, since he was seriously in the dog house already, however he quickly shooed her away and then ushered me inside.
The table was set and dinner was ready but there weren’t any candles lit. He said he couldn’t find them. I laughed, and then pointed to the desk by the front door where there was a huge candle sitting in a glass dish. Ok, so he is a bit blind, but I didn’t care, he was making an effort to make me forget whatever it was I was pissed off at him for and it obviously worked because now I cannot remember why.
Anyway, since today is Valentine’s day, I thought it would be fun to recap some love stuff. My husband and I had a very interesting beginning. We met on a cruise ship – He was an officer and I was a lounge singer. I mean seriously? It sounds so, oh, I dunno, CORNY? But in fact all true. We also had a torrid romance in the sense that we were from different countries and had a hell of a time trying to stay in the relationship when the sea kept bouncing us both from ship to ship.
After our first encounter of three months, we broke up and got back together two years later without having any contact during that time whatsoever! We spent a year seeing each other only when our ships were in port together and the first time we tried to reunite, I was tranferred two days earlier and our meeting was cut short since I was dragging around all my bags in Mexico and had to do two work transfer hand-overs in eight hours!
Finally, after putting in my request for his ship six months in advance, were we able to be onboard again together. The honeymoon didn’t last however because two months later a huge hurricane hit New Orleans and our ship was chartered by the U.S. government and once again we were separated at sea. We both started to think that the Universe was against our union but somehow we persevered and found our way together again.
There have been a lot of hurricanes, contract changes and detours in our path and I’m pretty sure there will be many more. Love is an interesting thing and I believe that every relationship is unique and special. We have learned and grown over the years and that will not stop until we are no longer here. Perfect? Never. Romantic? Depends on your interpretation of what romance is. Amazing? You bet. Challenging? Of course.
So here is what I love…
i love my husband, my cat, my family, my friends, my life! Oh, and a special shout-out goes to Massimo, my Italian teacher. He is not only a really nice guy/teacher, he also saved my marriage by helping me put together my IKEA shelf for the kitchen, hahaha. Grazie 1000 M!
Happy Saint Valentine’s Day Everyone! MUAH X