I'm combining SS's prompt of "Guide" with Tink's June's Honeymoon Cruise. A celebration of love and weddings for June.
There once was a woman named Tammy who was very happy without a man in her life. She had sadly fell into the wrong man's arms one time too many. Marriage was a bitter word to her ears that thirteen years could not sweeten. Memories of a man's touch would invade her sleep but her solitude and intuition would guide her back to sanity.
Her intuitive guide had served her well in raising her daughter's and dealing with her ever changing disabilities. She enjoyed her own company and had the unconditional love of her animals to fill the gaps of time. There were her friend's, books and an old used computer but her knowledge of it could fill a tea cup. It was a challenge she knew she could master but it was frustrating. Her guide had warned her to tread lightly with this computer chit chat but old habits die hard when it came to men.
That's when she stumbled across Dave on the computer. Both were inept at IMing so their courtship swept them into a phone relationship. She had spent thirteen years learning to live without a man, thinking it selfish to love with als. He had spent thirteen years after rehab, healing, scared to date as himself. She tried scaring him away but instead he came back again and again. He was drawn to her strength, humor and connection to God. She was not as easily convinced due to her past and uncertain future. In the end his romantic, generous loving heart won her over.
Her head was spinning at the thought of being loved again, but when marriage was mentioned her past stood in front of her like a brick wall. They had each been down that road once before and had kids, but he was old fashioned in that way. He convinced her to scale that wall and trust that he would catch her on the other side. She said yes when he purposed on bended knee, at sunset, in an abandoned orchard on a hill. A table set for two, a picnic basket and Barbra Streisand serenading them from a boom box.
It was a beautiful sunset ceremony where they exchanged their vow's. She chose Tunnels Beach (Bali Hai) in Kauai for the wedding with just a singer, minister, four witnesses and a peeping sea turtle. She chose a wedding date she had always dreaded in those thirteen years of being single, Valentine's Day! She wrote the ceremony and they each wrote their own vows. It was intimate, romantic and surreal. After they stood at the water's edge giggling at their perfect day, a double rainbow had quietly appeared.
Their intuition guided them into taking a chance on love and each other. This is a story of hope, love and second chances. Here's to all the happy brides and grooms...cheers!