Infectious. That sounds like a weird word to begin your personal remarks to a couple with, right? Allow me to explain.
I have each person I marry write an autobiographical essay. I ask specifically why they want to marry. I read these essays, and I take little notes. I try to do this as close as possible to my second meeting with them. That way I remember what my little notes mean. I actually read Michelle and Melanie essays the night before our early morning meeting. Now, I had met them once before, and we talked quite extensively. However, what they wrote about each other - wow! So, even before our second meeting, I was kind of overwhelmed. Listen to this.
"What do I love about Michelle? The list is long. I love how fiery and passionate she is. I love how goal oriented she is. She is a wonderful athlete who is fueled by setting goals and achieving them. She is a wonderful mom... She is my best friend. I have never wanted to spend all of my time with someone before like I do with her. I love how affectionate she has become with me... Anyone that spends time around us, can see how genuinely happy and good we are together. Fact is, I cannot get enough of Michelle. I get sad when the weekend ends, and I know I will not see her during the day. Michelle is the best part of my day."
Not to be outdone, Michelle writes:
"Melanie is the most interesting person I've known and even in a short amount of time, I've grown to love her deeper than I've ever loved anyone else in my life. On our toughest days, it never feels like work. She makes me want to be a better person and strive to be the best life partner... She is very protective of me and I know she will always care for me in sickness and health. She is fiercely loyal to all people that she loves... Melanie has taught me that it's okay to let my guard down and be vulnerable. She taught me to love fiercely and never make a decision out of fear. She has shown me how to love unconditionally and lead with my heart not my head."
Wow. How do you even follow that? I mean, I could talk about how interesting parallels and commonalities in the biographies of this Southern lady and
gal have added color and flavor to
their relationship. I could talk about their similarities and how they bring
them together. I could talk about their differences, and how they have not only
not impeded, but have actually enhanced their relationship. I could talk about
what great moms AND daughters they each are. I could probably just talk about
their sacrifices and work ethic in all areas of their lives, and how this has
brought them closer. New York
I don't know about you, but to me all of those important points just don't seem to measure up to the infectious nature of the love they share. And so, all I can think of are the simple yet perfect words of Jess Glynne (a young British singer who is both Jewish like Melanie AND a redhead like Michelle), in her song, Real Love, as she conveys my thoughts about Michelle and Melanie's relationship: "You've got the feeling that I want to feel, you've got the feeling that I know is real. This IS real love."