By: Tanya Dodd-Hise
July 17, 2009 – Day 3:
It’s Friday in Connecticut, and the sun is out with temps hovering around eighty degrees. This cooler weather is SO much nicer than the 100+ days that we have every summer back home in Texas. This morning we went to the beach for about an hour or so; I could have sat there by the ocean all day if I could do it without getting cooked! But we enjoyed ourselves, relaxing on the beach together and taking in some sun. When we came back to the inn, Erikka surprised me with a massage that she had arranged! She was able to relax in our room while the therapist gave me mine in the next room; and when I was done it was her turn, so I sat in the room and dozed or played online. She takes such good care of me, and always comes up with the best, most loving surprises. I am so blessed to be marrying this woman – TOMORROW!
Erikka’s parents and our friends from Texas flew in today, which made us both very happy and even more excited to be sharing this weekend. Once they all got in and to their hotels, they drove to meet us at the inn for dinner and a movie. We all drove to Mystic, Connecticut to have dinner at Mystic Pizza (yes, from the movie). The whole little town was very cool and I wish I could have explored it more; but the pizza place was packed and the food was good. We made plans for tomorrow, starting off with pedicures and lunch before coming back to prepare for our afternoon beach wedding. I still can’t believe that it’s almost here. Tomorrow I will be marrying the woman that I live and breathe for; I just hope that I can make her half as happy as she has made me! After dinner, we went to see the latest Harry Potter movie, and I realized halfway through that this was the book that I did NOT finish. This was the movie where Harry and his friends started with the “teenage angst” that made me put the book away – so it was funny to everyone else when I had no clue what was going on and became shocked at every turn. It was a fun evening, and I’m now starting to get butterflies in my stomach.
I’m getting married tomorrow. Holy crap! I’m getting MARRIED tomorrow! I said I would never do this again, and I never in a million years would have ever thought, in my wildest dreams, that I would be brave enough to marry a WOMAN! In a country where same-sex marriage is such a heated dispute, and thousands upon thousands of people have fought for the right, this means so much more to us than just standing beside the ocean and taking vows. This means everything. We are going to stand beside the ocean, take vows in front of family and friends, and respect the honor of being able to stand in the place of countless couples who want to do the same. This is a much bigger deal than most people might think. We are doing this because we love each other and want to make it legal – just like anyone else. We are doing this because too many have risked everything for the right to do it, too. We are doing this because our love, our marriage, is just as legitimate as anyone else’s, and we deserve to have the wedding of our dreams without fear, criticism, or condemnation.
Tomorrow is the beginning of the rest of our lives together – as a married couple. Hurry up Saturday. I’m ready to marry this woman!