Marrying Your High School Sweetheart

Aurelie and James met in high school and have been together ever since! They both went to the same private school in the Berkshires and after 12 years of being together, they returned to the county where they met to get married.  They were reminded of their long courtship throughout the wedding day and had many laughs about it.  Actually this couple is just about always laughing and it’s contagious.  The beautiful thing is when they turn to each other to hint at an inside joke or make a face, they are totally wrapped up in each other’s presence and enjoying every minute of it.  Aurelie’s sister, Marie, verbalized what potentially all of us were thinking…we would all be lucky if we created a relationship like the one that Aurelie and James have with each other.  

The poem below is one that James read to Aurelie at the wedding. It is a tradition in his family and he carried that tradition forward.  

The Great Advantage of Being Alive

the great advantage of being alive

(instead of undying)is not so much

that mind no more can disprove than prove

what heart may feel and soul may touch

— the great (my darling)happens to be

that love are in we, that love are in we

and here is a secret they never will share for whom create is less than have

or one times one than when times where —

that we are in love,that we are in love:

with us they’ve nothing times nothing to do

(for love are in we am in i are in you)

this world(as timorous itsters all

to call their cowardice quite agree)

shall never discover our touch and feel

–for love are in we are in love are in we;

for you are and i am and we are(above

and under all possible worlds)in love

a billion brains may coax undeath

from fancied fact and spaceful time–

no heart can leap,no soul can breathe

but by the sizeless truth of a dream

whose sleep is the sky and the earth and the sea.

For love are in you am in i are in we


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