our story. chapter 9
from the honeymoon to the current day
Have you ever said goodbye to your family, friends, and life with uncertainty in your mind about the next time you'd be part of it all in person? Have you ever left your life behind and had a fear in the back of your mind that the whole Pacific is just too much water in between your life and what is to come? These things were on my mind as we said goodbye to Arizona.
Picture this, a cheesy couple who can't quit holding hands toting 908 bags, wedding dress in hand, all while the bride is clearly upset with tears streaming down her face. I am sure the people at Sky Harbour that day were wondering what made a newlywed so upset with her new husband. If they only knew what was on my mind.
Our flight to LAX was routine as ever. The baggage/check-in/immigration lines were expectedly long and depressing in LAX. I really didn't have much to say. Jason and I were so happy to be together. We were even wearing matching T-shirts that said Standin' on a Corner.
As we waited for our Air New Zealand flight to leave the ground, I had so many thoughts running through my head. I was scared to grow up, be away from my sisters, not pursue the teaching career that I had intended to pursue, and many other things. Jason was, as expected, supportive and understanding. When the plane's tires left the ground my heart sunk just a little. With tears in my eyes, and both a happy and sad heart, I realized that I was no longer in America. It was dramatic but it was a big deal in my world.
When we arrived in New Zealand it was cold and rainy. I was hoping for optimal beach weather to welcome my new life. Within hours we were going to re-board an Air New Zealand plane for Rarotonga. Jason had arranged for our honeymoon to be in Rarotonga for a week!!! (American translation of Rarotonga is Cook Islands). My dream in life was to honeymoon in a very exotic tropical location away from the annoying American commercialism. Rarotonga fulfilled that wish in so many ways. Our room was right on the beach and we slept with our giant glass doors wide open so that we could hear the rushing of the ocean right outside our room. Perhaps the most memorable part of the whole trip was Jason climbing endless coconut trees so that he could skin and open the coconuts for food and nourishment. Priceless.
Before we knew it life began in New Zealand. No need to give those details, the whole story is laid out in the last 2 1/2 years of this blog.
Before we knew it we were moving to Arizona. That story is unfolding.
So, that's our story.