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Second Chance Love

This Is the Moment
Dedicated to My Husband

Submitted by Nancy

January 2, 1997. Ilderton, Ontario Canada. After being apart for 26 years, high school sweethearts, Phillip Charles Daniels III of Merchantville, New Jersey, and Nancy Lynn Fister, formerly of Maple Shade, New Jersey, were wed in a candlelit ceremony at the Vanneck United Church by the Reverend Jack Burghardt. The marriage took place 41/2 weeks after Daniels proposed to Fister amidst classmates at their 25th high school reunion. ... This was the moment we had waited for. During those years apart we had each gone our separate ways: I was living in Canada; Phil in New Jersey. Although we hadn't kept in touch after high school, when we saw each other at our 15th reunion in 1986, we jokingly remarked that when we were old and gray and our respective spouses were dead, we would get together again. Through the next 10 years both of our marriages ended, but it wasn't until the Fall of '96 and another reunion that we realized that our time had finally come. And this time, we weren't going to waste any more time.

Phil and I were married on a foggy winter evening in a quaint little church nestled in the snow-laden woods of Southwestern Ontario. In attendance were my two boys, Nick and Andy, and my dear friends Helen and Robert Riddell. Promising to love each other forever, we were finally husband and wife. This was the moment we had waited for. It was like a dream come true.

After the ceremony the Riddells treated us to an exquisite dinner at Michael's on the Thames . Due to the lateness of the hour and the fact that visibility on the roads was nonexistent, the restaurant was empty. We had the entire dining room to ourselves. We had the best table in the house. And, after we were seated, the maitre d', known for his beautiful tenor voice, serenaded us with the Hawaiian Wedding Song. It couldn't have been more romantic. Phil and I decided then that someday we would celebrate one of our anniversaries in Hawaii, renew our vows, and again be serenaded with the lovely Hawaiian Wedding Song. This was most definitely the moment we had waited for.

In the three years we've been married, we still pinch ourselves in disbelief. 26 years is a long time and yet in some ways it's as if we've never been apart. While the blue skies of Hawaii unfortunately don't smile down upon us here where we live in New Jersey, clouds never hide the sun in our lives.

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