Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Your Stories: ...and Secrets!

I can't tell you how many times I've been touched and brought to tears by your emails. I love hearing your stories, and you've all helped me transform from an anti-romantic to a hard-core dreamer. Before starting this blog, I believed in lust at first sight, but not love at first sight. I thought everyone cheated. I thought "falling in love" was an overused term whispered in the high-school hallways and scribbled on college-ruled notebook paper.

And, yes, I thought happily ever afters were just in children's fairytales.

But your stories made me believe in my own fairytale. Your stories let me transform from evil step sister to the doe-eyed Princess. I'd rock a pair of glass slippers if I didn't think they'd give me sweaty feet and blisters.

But one glaring fact lingers in my peripherals: Divorce rates are on the rise. It makes me wonder, is that because people married for the wrong reasons? Did they at one point feel the way I feel about Cayden? If so, is it possible that one day I'll fall out of love with him the way so many people have fallen out of love with their husbands or wives? The very thought of that scares the shit out of me. So, how do some people fall in love and stay in love?

Well, I heard about a couple named Mike and Alanna Clear, who are traveling the world in search of the answer to that question. For their honeymoon a year ago, they traveled all the way from the top of Alaska to the bottom of Argentina in a motorcycle and sidecar, talking to couples from all walks of life about the secret to lasting love. Then they heard that about 50% of marriages in the UK end in divorce, so they decided to focus on their home turn. They're currently on a 1,500-mile trek around the UK, again, in a motorcycle and sidecar. Oh, what I'd give to be a fly in the inside wall of that sidecar. Luckily, they're sharing it all on their Facebook page.

Think you hold the secret to a lasting marriage? Share it with them here. (Oh, and while you're at it, let me in on those secrets! You know, one day I might need 'em)

Which brings me back to what I was saying earlier, I love sharing your stories.

So, send me more! No, they don't all have to be ooey and gooey and castles and twitchy-footed bunnies. They can be about frogs or Princes or ogres. They can be about lust or love or love lost. As long as they're true. I want to share them. I want to post them for everyone to read. Or, if it's something you want to share with me, but you'd I not post it, that's fine, too! Email stories to me at fairytalebeginning73@gmail.com.



  1. There is another couple doing this in the US, too. http://loveishere.com/index2.html. They just got married and are on a trek around the states.

  2. No way? Dude. I want to do that!

  3. I also worry about the whole what-if-I-fall-out-of-love thing. It's scary, right? You know most of those couples were head over heels when they first got together, first got married, etc. What happened along the way? What if NOTHING happened along the way? What if it just happens for inexplicable reasons? Ugh. These are the things that keep me up at night, haha.

    I'm so glad you posted this, though, because it's nice to know I'm not totally alone in my thoughts (and, okay, fears). I hope you'll post the answers people share with you! I'd love to know some tips and tricks myself. :)

  4. I'm a huge fan of Parry's shirt! =) Hookem'