Friday, October 18, 2013

Modern Love


Throughout my life, I’ve had periods when I thought about getting married and having babies. When I was a kid, I played a game when you named the girls who would be your bridesmaids along with the color of their dresses. When I was in my early twenties, I decided I wanted to have five kids. But the wedding and the babies never went further than fantasy and game play. I had a wonderful relationship in my twenties that just never moved toward marriage. And I had a wonderful time in my thirties being a solo traveler, cultivating amazing friendships, finding success as a writer and… moving to Paris.

Then a couple years ago, less than a year after returning to New York, I met Andrew. I won’t say it was a lightening bolt and I knew right away. But I will say there were enough auspicious moments and signs early on to know he and “it” was the real deal. It was a slow, steady, intriguing relationship that both challenged and comforted me. There was chemistry and camaraderie, respect and appreciation, we had fun together and learned from one another. He’s kind, patient, thoughtful, fun, sweet, surprising and sexy. He’s as game to go karaoke as he is to watch the Red Sox as he is to hang out with my family. We’ve been to Paris and Buenos Aires, Kansas City and Connecticut. We’ve eaten lobster rolls, almond croissants and carrot tartare. We’ve clocked about a million miles, walking around New York and Brooklyn, many of those miles on the hunt for a new apartment, which—finally!—we’ll move into together by month’s end. And last weekend, as we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge, Andrew proposed.

Aside from those childhood daydreams, I’ve never been big into weddings. I’m not that girly-girl, big dress dreaming type. But I’m thrilled to be engaged. At 40. To Andrew. There’s nothing better than having waited for the right time, for the right guy. For waiting for your moment. For waiting for love.

I love you, Andrew.

51 comments:

  1. Congrats...I've just gotten married and had a wee bub at 39!
    It is like the brightest jewel in a colourful box of life's wonders to experience this a little bit later on in life.
    All the best to you and Andrew :)

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  2. Congrats! I feel like I've been waiting for this since you started blogging about him, so glad my intuition proved right.

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  3. congratulations! What a beautiful way to share your story.

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  4. congratulations! you're a wonderful writer and soon to be beautiful bride!

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  5. Beautifully described!! Love later in a life is so sweet, because you know how amazing and difficult and brave it is to share your life with someone, and how brave they are to take you on. I got married at 37, had my precious baby girl at 39 and now at 40 couldn't be more content. Congrats Amy!!!! The Dixie Chicks have a song called "Taking the Long Way Round"... it's all the detours that bring wisdom and richness to your life.

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  6. Congratulations! That is such a sweet story:)

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  7. How beautiful! Congratulations!!

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  8. Merci, mes amis! As always, your comments, support and shared experiences make everything more amazing. Thank you for writing and sharing! xo

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  9. Congratulations, Amy! I couldn't be happier for you!:) Tout vient à point à qui sait attendre:)

    Will it be a Paris wedding?:))

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  10. So beautifully expressed. Made me cry and I'm not a 'cry-er'. So happy for you both.
    ALL my love to you.
    xoxoxo M

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  11. Aww, congratulations! It's such a beautiful, happy time. Enjoy it. I wish you happiness!

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  12. Lucky you. Sounds like he was worth the wait. So excited for you. And it's not about the wedding anyway, it's about the marriage.

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  13. Congratulations, Amy! Many happy years!

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  14. Amy I'm so thrilled for you. I hope Milo is happy about everything too.
    XXE

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  15. Congratulations!! Everyone deserves that kind of love.

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  16. OMG! This is an incredible lovely story. Since I read your book I was expecting this moment... I wish you the best in the life. Sincerly Vianey or @alejafeliz

    Cupcakes AMOR-diditas

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  17. Congratulations! How lovely! I wish you and Andrew many years of happiness, health, joy & spiritual journeys together!

    Love, Daniëlle

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  18. How thrilling! I am inspired. And may you enjoy all of life's delicious riches together! Congratulations! Jeryl

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  19. I am so happy for you Amy. You guys are a fabulous couple!! All the most warm and wonderful things for your future together. Lots of love and hope to see you soon!! hugs, Erica

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  20. YAHOO & Bravo!
    Very happy news Amy!!!

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  21. Yay! Here's to waiting for the right one! Took me 46 years but it was well worth the wait. All the best to you and Andrew. I'm so happy for you both.

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  22. Congratulations! I hope nothing but happiness to the both of you.

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  23. Oh Amy, how beautiful! Yes yes yes to the right guys at the right time :)

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  24. Thank you all SO much. It's so nice to see some of your names here as I know you've been 'on the ride' for years now. (Erin, Milo loves Andrew... phew!) And so nice to see new names, too. I'm honored, humbled and thrilled. t's been an incredible journey so far and I can't wait to see where things go from here. Love to all of you!

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  25. i like your information
    very nice post

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  26. Very nice blogging, Thank you for sharing..

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  27. Thank you for sharing this informative blog..

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  28. Best wishes! You deserve the better! Enjoy!

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  30. My eyes are filled with prideful tears as I write this reply. Dear Amy and Andrew I am so happy for both of you. Cheers to many years of happiness, friendship, travel and romance. BIG HUG

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  31. Amy!! I just caught up with the blogging world now and am soooo deliriously happy to read this post. Congratulations sweetness, to you and Andrew. You truly deserve all the love and happiness in the world. Much love, Grace

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