A while back, in 2004, a good friend’s brother and I started hanging out. We would watch movies or go out for pizza, but our favorite thing to do was take little adventures in and around his neighborhood. There was a creek system that went on for miles and we have followed much of it. Over time, our adventures grew and so did our friendship. I ventured out in a very unusual way by moving to Florida for a promising job. My friend stayed in Ohio but helped me move and for the first time, flew in a plane and saw the ocean – another large adventure for the both of us. The job didn’t work out, and our young love was growing quickly over the distance and the eight months I was there. I then set off on another adventure, moving back up to Ohio and again, he flew down to help me pack and drive. Things grew and continued on from there, becoming what we hoped was forever love. We looked around and said ya know, we don’t have to stay here. Where do you want to live? Really live? After some thoughtful research, we both settled on Oregon – we wanted to see real mountains, the West coast, waterfalls, forests and everything else nature has to offer in one state.So immediately following our winter wonderland wedding, we honeymooned in Colorado at about 8,900 feet up in our first taste of real mountains, then trekked 2,600 miles across the country to Oregon, where our lives have become something entirely different and wonderful.Now, this week as I post this picture, we are celebrating our 3rd anniversary and heading out on another adventure for it. This picture was taken a few weeks ago while we were at the Oregon coast. It is a small pathway through the coastal forest leading to the beach. The person is my husband and my forever love, surrounded by God’s light.Over the years and especially over the distance when I was in Florida, the whole song, “Send me a Song” by Celtic Woman, came to mean a great deal to both of us and we have sung it to each other again and again, over the phone or in person. We can still hear the melody on the waters when we are together. I don’t know if I can pick just one line, but here’s my best effort: “Love must never hold, never hold tight but let go.” My reasoning, when I was packing for Florida, not planning on coming back, I knew that if he asked me to, I would stay, just for him. He didn’t ask me to stay. He told me to “go and find life and learn God’s plan for my life.” Later, much later when talking about it, and after our relationship began, I brought that up and he said “I know you would have stayed for me, that’s why I couldn’t, wouldn’t ask you to stay, even though that’s what I wanted.”
So, it’s true, as hard as it is, true love has to let go in order to be free and in order to be love.
This piece is being shared for the purpose of a challenge and to tell a small portion of our story. If you are unfamiliar with the song, please look it up. Beautiful lyrics by very talented artists and then there’s the element of musical magic. It’s worth it, and so is true love.
Dedicated to my wonderful husband.
Taken at: Oregon Coast, Yachats
Using: Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
During: Late Summer (September)
*Straight from the Camera
Ripple in Time Photography 2011