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Topic: South America (02/05/09)
TITLE: The Honeymoon Adventure
By Judy Meyers
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Sherry was surprised. She and Larry had been dating for five weeks and, although he was all she thought about, she had never thought that he would make this kind of decision so quickly. She felt her face flush bright red.
“Larry, this is so sudden! I must wonder if you have really thought this through.”
“You are all I think about,” Larry confided. “I know you are the one for me.”
Sherry shook her head in disbelief and at the same time, she found her mouth answering
the words to his question. “Yes, I will marry you.”
Within weeks, Sherry and Larry were planning their wedding and honeymoon.
The two activities were split in half. Sherry could plan the whole wedding event and Larry would plan the honeymoon. This idea gave them each a feeling of satisfaction. Sherry had always dreamed of a big, beautiful wedding; Larry had dreamed of going to South America. He planned their time together with every possibility of adventure. The wedding and the honeymoon plans were to be a surprise to the other.
The wedding chapel was full of flowers. Blue and white streamers were attached to the flowers on each pew. Candelabras and multiple pillars, with flower sprays, lined the platform. The decorations were breathtaking. Sherry couldn’t have added another detail. This was the wedding of a lifetime. Larry waited at the end of the aisle as he watched his gorgeous bride slowly walk toward him. He was so proud.
“Where are we going,” Sherry asked as she took her seat on the plane. “You haven’t told me a single thing about our honeymoon.
“We decided to keep our plans a secret from each other, remember?” Larry told her with a grin.
Sherry rested her head against the back of her seat. I will love it, whatever he has planned, she thought.
When the newlyweds arrived in Costa Rica, they were welcomed by their tour guide. It was a warm day in June as they climbed into their taxi. The next few days were filled with rafting the world famous Pacuare River and sea kayaking in the Tortuguero National Park. The couple hiked and searched for sea turtles on the Caribbean coast. They hiked the tropical rain forest around Arenal Volcano.
Sherry didn't want to complain. After all, Larry had spent so much time in preparation for their first days together. She loved being with him each day, all day. She rubbed her feet in the bathroom. She slathered body lotion on her sun baked arms. Sherry knew she would treasure these memories some day. Today, however, she ached. This would not have been her idea of a honeymoon. She would have loved to sit on a beach, absorb some tropical sun and dance the night away in the arms of this man she loved. Something inside her wanted to cry. But, she would not succumb to that emotion. She had agreed to split the planning and she would not argue at any point.
Had she known where they were going, she would have planned her wardrobe differently. Now, she would have to make do with the clothes she had brought. Laundry was a must.
“Are you ready for our last day together?” Larry said, as he knocked on the bathroom door.
Sherry rolled her eyes, knowing that he wouldn’t be able to see her. “Yes, Sweetheart, I’ll be right out.”
Sherry gathered her things and opened the door. Larry stood before her with a dozen red roses in his arms. “Today, we are going to sit by the pool, hold hands, and eat food brought to us by the waiters. Now that we have seen the land, let’s look deep into each other’s eyes and capture the reason why we are here together. I love you so much.”
Sherry smiled. She had begun to wonder if her new husband even knew what romantic meant. But, he had spent the first few days becoming her best friend. Now, he was going to spend the rest of the time becoming her lover.
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