Tuesday, 18 May 2010

All Is Full Of Love.

Is it really another year gone by?


Twenty years today.
We stood on this shore at dawn, stood side by side and made a promise in our hearts.

We stood in a place, this place that is rooted deep in both of us,
and did I feel the sands of time sweep around us, take us back into sunny days of our childhoods when we perhaps sat side by side here unbeknownst? Had we but known, when we came here in swaggering, loud adolescent swarms, young bodies plunging off the pier into head-shrinking cold, into an underwater world alive with slippery, grasping tendrils of seaweed, had we but known. Was that you over there? Did we glance, our eyes briefly meeting in flirting, innocent glimpses, unknowing how our paths were bound to cross?
At what point did our threads begin to weave together?


Time and distance notwithstanding, this place, this town we cannot shake.
Maybe it's thread is too strong in the weave of our story,
maybe we go deeper here than we know.

Were the colourful threads always here, bound together even before we knew?



Here today we stand again. 
And yes I feel those sands of time blow across my skin, twenty more years. Years of our own children playing in the sand, jumping in the water, making their own marks in the world, weaving their own stories that entwine with ours, some now beginning to find their own pattern, curling slightly away.

To this point today, we stand again. 

Today.

Oh my heart...I could not have foreseen such joy.


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42 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

My husband and I used to holiday at the same beach when we were little. We've often wondered if perhaps we saw each other across the sand.

I wish you the happiest of anniversaries.
Such a lovely portrait!!

Mimi said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!
Your dawn ceremony sounds wonderful!
I brought my children to that same spot a few summers when they were small- wonder if they even remember it?

Róisín said...

This post almost made me cry it's so beautiful! And I'm not that emotional a person! It reminds me so much of my own love and our teenage romance. We've been together 12 years now (since the junior cert mocks!) and hopefully we'll get around to getting married sometime soon. Or at least having some babies :)

Anyway, happy anniversary. May you have many more. xxx

Meg said...

Lovely post!
It's really nice remembering the good times especially LOVE. Hope someday in twenty years time will have our reminiscing beautifully and lovely. Working on it everyday of the year!:)

J9 said...

Happy anniversary to a lovely couple!

Mrs. Pearl said...

How beautiful...happy anniversary.

kkrige said...

Happy anniversary. Wonderful reminiscing.

One Womans Thoughts said...

Beautiful . . . may you have another 20, and another 20, and another 20!

Susan said...

Oh, Ciara. That was a lovely post. And a gorgeous photo! I send blessings to you and your "amor." Sincerely, Susan

Dreamfarm Girl said...

Very best wishes to you on this lovely day. I would say you are lucky, but I think it must be more than that -- all the love and care you so plainly devote to your family. What I love about your posts is that you always get to the heart of beauty.

chris said...

wonderful story with a beautiful photo to end it. what a lovely relationship you have!

Martin H. said...

We see the threads but we don't always understand the weaving process. This is a touching tribute to the beauty of a special relationship.

Annah said...

Oh ciara, I'm sobbing my heart out as I write having read your beautiful post. I guess I'm so raw right now, as I'm so aware that for our 12 year anniversary of our first date, michael and I are in court to sort out access for the kids. What an awful ending...
I'm so happy for your happiness, I love how you and Jay celebrate life to the fullest, and thanks for the inspiration..XxA

Frau said...

Happy Anniversary!20 Years!! Cheers to 20 plus more!

jaboopee said...

you two look the picture of love's young dream , and your real 'threads' are beautifully blend too
Happy Anniversary Ciara and Jay.

[James Joyce and I know that little beach so well too....always worth a visit on the way to or from Buckleys. ]

MissKris said...

Happy Anniversary, Ciara! In June it will be 36 years for Dear Hubby and me. We met on a blind date and on the way home he told the friends who'd set it up, "Some day I'm going to marry that girl". They laughed him to scorn...we were pretty wild in those days...but 5 months later he did! He is my heart.

What gorgeous blue eyes you have!

ladybug-zen said...

how beautiful, Ciara. happy anniversary!!

Sadhbh said...

Have a wonderfully happy anniversary!
I grew up in the same area as my husband and we have so many similar memories too. There is even video footage somewhere of me dancing with my little sister at a kiddie disco and my now husband is wrestling with other little boys in the background!

Chris Judge said...

Happy Anniversary to you both!

Lovely post

lesinfin said...

Beautiful post! Happy anniversary!
xoxo

In Real Life said...

Happy Anniversary! Truly beautiful writing and gorgeous photo!

Gillian said...

How beautiful and how happy you look together!

Awesome!

Erin said...

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful story. :)

affectioknit said...

That was such a sweet story! Happy Anniversary!

Gigi said...

Happy Anniversary! What a beautiful, beautiful post, Ciara. I remember your anniversary post from last year, which fills me with a kind of quiet joy.

All best wishes,
Gigi

Emma said...

Happy Anniversary, Ciara and Jay. What sweet memories you have, and what a blessed life you have together. Beautiful photos. I love the one of you two - so rare! And your eyes are so blue!

Green Monkey said...

Brilliant isn't bright enough....

congratulations. beautiful photo, beautiful eyes!

best to you, Shannon

Elizabeth said...

Happy Anniversary! You're a beautiful couple!

Snaffles Mummy said...

stunning photos and heart warming words.

I hope i can lok back with such happiness in 22 years too.

Deborah said...

Dearest,it was plain to see from the minute you left that party together that your lives were never going to be the same again.....20 years on and i still envy what you both have together....and feel blessed for knowing you and sharing some many of those magic moments over the years.le mile gra o mo chroi go deo xxxx

prashant said...

How beautiful and how happy you look together!
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Lorna said...

Happy anniversary and a beautiful blog post

mimi charmante said...

you are such an inspiration ciara~ congratulations to you both!
(and I LOVE your hair!)
xx

JustJenn said...

I can feel the love in your heart. It brought tears to my eyes...
Many more happy years together!

Karen said...

Such a lovely picture! :)
Happy days to you both. xx

Menina said...

These are really lovely pictures, I can feel your joy!

Nishant said...

I wish you the happiest of anniversaries.
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CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

You are both beautiful!! your eyes are so striking, what a gorgeous color!!!

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

You are both beautiful!! your eyes are so striking, what a gorgeous color!!!

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

You are both beautiful!! your eyes are so striking, what a gorgeous color!!!

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

You are both beautiful!! your eyes are so striking, what a gorgeous color!!!

CHILDHOOD MAGIC said...

You are both beautiful!! your eyes are so striking, what a gorgeous color!!!