For the most part, they were crazy kids. They met that first week of school in August. He says they were “trolling for guys,” she says they were exploring the campus and happened to pass by. It wasn’t until April that they started dating. She was 18, he was 21.
The girl he dated was much different than the woman he’s married to today. In her deepest moments of insecurity, she wonders if he’d still marry her today knowing she’s not nearly as “fun” as she was when they dated.
But she knows truth. For souls are bared across the years. Near 18 years of moments shared.
For they have gone down this road together. They have lived and grown up together. They have shared a life like no two before.
Vows made. Homes built. Babes born. Jobs started and jobs ended.
Money tight. Families in years of unexpected chaos and trauma.
Real time together luxury. Vacation alone near impossible with three kids.
Deepest dreams shared. Insecurities bared.
Frustrations at the end of a road. Tears no one else has seen. Stories no one else has heard.
But this love is a gift. This baring of souls is beautiful. For through these moments, through the years, there’s no replacement for two bearing life together, baring souls together. For to bare your soul is to bare your true self.
Those crazy kids knew not what they would bear, but were brave enough to bare. Are brave enough to bare.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:7
It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another Meet Me At This Moment for Five Minute Friday post! I spend the last hour of Thursday chatting it up with a group of authentic and inspiring Five Minute Friday bloggers on Twitter (#FiveMinuteFriday #fmfparty). One minute past midnight EST Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker gives us a single word prompt and we all write a blog post centered around that word. We write for five minutes, and five minutes only! In the wjords of Lisa, this is “unscripted. unedited. real.” You meet me at this moment in time…my thoughts and opinions, my joys and sorrows, my dilemmas and dreams. And I receive one of the greatest gifts ever…a regular outlet for processing and expressing my thoughts without constantly editing myself. This is my life, my perspective, unfiltered.
The word of the week is BARE.