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New Year's Eve, 1999

On New Year's Eve in 1965 a young couple stood before a minister in the house
of the young man's parents. The house, now long since gone, built around the
turn of the century, stood in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, many miles from
the Charlottesville, Virginia, home of the young woman. 


The gathering there included only the young man's family, all of whom must
have been skeptical about the chances for the success of the marriage beginning
that day. The couple had known each other only about four months, and had spent
most of those four months separated by hundreds of miles of telephone line. 


She had ridden the train to Atlanta a few days earlier, back when train lines
had names; this line had been called the "Nancy Hanks." He picked her up at
Union Station, a magnificent depot, now also long since gone. He spotted her
coming up the enormous marble stairs from the platform to the main floor, also
marble. It was a beautiful scene, this pretty girl coming towards him in this
splendid setting.


The ceremony was brief, taking place in the living room before the fire
place. She was so nervous -- standing among these strangers -- that she giggled;
he hoped that he would remember that he was supposed to say "I will" instead of
"I do." Nervous as they were, they should have been terrified, taking such a
serious step when they were barely out of their teens. They didn't know much
about marriage, they knew only that they wanted to be together.

In the thirty-four years since that New Year's Eve, the world has changed a
millennium’s worth. The man and woman who promised so much to each other on that
day have changed, also. Even the love that these two held for one another has
changed; it has grown into something beyond anything either could have imagined
as twenty year olds. For better; for worse, For richer; for poorer, In sickness
and in health...all of this made their love what it is today.


This is my Anniversary card to you, dearest Beverly; my heart is open for all
to see. I still see you as that pretty young girl climbing those marble stairs
in that train station thirty-four years ago, your beauty as timeless as the love
in my heart for you. I will love and cherish you forever.


This little love letter was originally written as an anniversary card for
Bee.

I have been sharing it on my website since 1999.

I had posted this to my journal, but it was suggested that I submit it as a deviation, so here it is...
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:iconnameda:
Nameda Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015  Professional General Artist
:heart: its so wonderful to see your story continues year by year
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Kameika Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Student Photographer
Thank you very much for the honor of using my photo piece for this occasion
and thank you for making me apart of your beautiful love story.
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JosephThomas Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
And thank you for your kind words. :bow:
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Kaisoroxamiku Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Student Photographer
Aww.. The story was really heart warming and touching! I love it so much and thank you for adding me to a part of your love story :D Love :happybounce: 
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JosephThomas Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Thank you so much. :heart:
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:iconkaisoroxamiku:
Kaisoroxamiku Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Student Photographer
Your very welcome :D
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Awesomalicious Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this story so much! It's so heart warming! Thanks for using my flower arrangement! I'm honored to be part of your love story.
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JosephThomas Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2014
Thank you for your kind words.  The honor is mine.  :bow:
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thinlk Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
your love story is very touching ,thanks for using my flower :)
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:iconjosephthomas:
JosephThomas Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2014
Thank you for your kind words. :bow:
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creativemikey Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Photographer
True devotion lasts a lifetime as art in it's purest form.  Thanks for using my flowers Joseph :heart:
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Greyeyez1980 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
classic romance like this is so hard to find now a days catching love 
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:iconjosephthomas:
JosephThomas Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014
I believe in romance. I also believe the courtship should never end. 
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Heidi-V-Art Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Professional Photographer
:aww: So very sweet!
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JosephThomas Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2014
Thank you, Miss.  :)
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MissHollowDran Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
awe!!!!!! i am moved by this this is so cute thank you for sharing!!!
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:iconjosephthomas:
JosephThomas Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
Thank you for your kind words. :bow:
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PhotographyPic Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is adorable. Beyond adorable, this is just.. I have no words for it. 
I wish you both all the best in life :)
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:iconjosephthomas:
JosephThomas Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2013
Thank you for your kind words, Miss.  :bow:
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Roseey Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
This is your story ?
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:iconjosephthomas:
JosephThomas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
This is my story.  :)
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Roseey Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
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:iconjosephthomas:
JosephThomas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Yes, me and my wife.  :)
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:iconroseey:
Roseey Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:clap:
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:iconroseey:
Roseey Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:) :heart:
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:iconjosephthomas:
JosephThomas Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013
Oh! I need to upload a photo of her from yesterday when we celebrated her birthday!!
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PhotographyByMonika Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
that's beautiful story :)
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:iconjosephthomas:
JosephThomas Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
Thank you, Monika.  :)

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PhotographyByMonika Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
np ;)
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JosephThomas Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013
All my best to you, young Miss. 
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HikarinoChou Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful story! Wish you and your wife health and happiness! :aww:
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JosephThomas Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013
Thank you, Steliana.  
And what a beautiful name you have!  I can only imagine the sound of it.  I don't think I have ever seen "Steliana" before.
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LittleAngel324 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, this brought a tear to my eye. I pray I find love like this! Happy Cry 
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JosephThomas Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2013
:)  I hope you do!
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Nipntuck3 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
that's beautiful story , lucky Lady...:)
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JosephThomas Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2013
Lucky guy.  :)
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:iconkumeika:
Kumeika Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh dear.. How beautiful love story!
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JosephThomas Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
Thank you!  :)
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XenonMazi Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
How beautiful!!! 
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:iconjosephthomas:
JosephThomas Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013
Thank you, Miss :bow:
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XenonMazi Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome!
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bridgetbright Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
What a beautiful Love story! You two have something very special and rare these days. My parents have been married for fourty years, and I'm so grateful for their faithfulness. I'm glad to hear of your deep love for one another Heart 
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JosephThomas Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2013
Thank you for your kind words.  :bow:
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CaryAndFrankArts Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is so beautiful and sweet!! Wish you both lots of happiness!!
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JosephThomas Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. :bow:
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CaryAndFrankArts Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome!! :hug:
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xArachnoFreakx Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It´s really sweet and beautiful :) Thanks for sharing this story to everyone and making one of my photograph a part of it :D
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JosephThomas Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013
Thank you for your kind words. :bow:
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xArachnoFreakx Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You deserve every kind words :)and you´re welcome
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