Have you ever wondered what true love really is? I always thought that love was what I saw on television shows such as ‘Boy Meets World,’ or what I read in fairy tale books about the princesses. I finally saw first hand what true love is the day my parents renewed their wedding vows. It was the middle of July and my parent’s tenth anniversary was just around the corner. I remember sitting and listening to my mother for hours decide what she wanted to do.
She knew of course she wanted her anniversary to be romantic and special, but she just couldn’t decide between taking a cruise or leaving the country. This was when I first got a glimpse of how important an anniversary meant to her, and how much she cared for my father. She was trying so hard to find the perfect way to spend her anniversary with her husband.
Their anniversary was getting closer and closer and she had made arrangements for her and my father to renew their vows at the ‘Chapel of Love’ in Minnesota. There was no one at home for me and my two younger siblings to stay with, so my parents allowed us to tag along. I thought that it would be fun to spend the weekend with my parents celebrating their anniversary.
For the next couple of days my mother was finalizing and making sure that everything was perfect. During that time she had made pretty flower arrangements and also decided that everyone had to wear black and white. When she was thoroughly satisfied with her plans, my family and I packed our suitcases and hit the road.
After about a six-hour drive we finally arrived to Minnesota, home of The Mall of America. We checked into our hotel and decided we wanted to go site seeing. My first choice was to go to the Mall of America, just because I had never been there and also because I wanted to see what stores I was going to shop in.
We arrived to the mall and it took my breath away. I had never seen a mall so big that was filled with hundreds of stores and even an amusement park. At that particular moment I felt that I had died and gone to heaven.
The first thing we did when we arrived at the mall was confirmed my parent’s wedding at the ‘Chapel of Love.’ The next thing we did was get something to eat and then we went to the amusement park. My brother and I are roller coaster fanatics, so we rode every ride that was there. We were a little disappointed because the roller coasters were not scary.
The day was reaching its end and my parents decided that we should go back to the hotel and rest for the big day. I guess you can say that rest went completely over my younger siblings head, because the first thing they decided to do when we arrived at the hotel was swim. My dad allowed them to swim for about an hour or so and after that it was bed time.
The next morning I awoke to find that my mother was already up and almost dressed. I knew that this day had to be perfect because she made sure that everyone’s clothing was ironed and wrinkled free. After about two hours of preparation we were all ready and looking very good.
We arrived at the mall about an hour early and decided to go over how we were going to march in. We finally had everything ready and after about ten minutes of more waiting we knew that it was show time. Everyone took their place at the altar and awaited for the pastor to give my mom the cue to walk down the isle. As the pastor went through scriptures with my parents, my eyes were focused on them. I watched how softly my dad held my mother’s hand as though to tell her that he would never let her go, and how my mother cried tears of joy because she believed that God had sent her the perfect man. The one thing that set everything apart was how my father gazed into my mother’s eyes, as though blinking would cause him to miss something.
At that moment my eyes had been open to seeing what true love is. My parents had shown me that love is something that develops and gets stronger over years of commitment, honesty, sacrifice.