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Building a Home
Dedicated to Bryan

Submitted by Anonymous

Like so many young couples, Bryan and I are torn between the great American dream and reality. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy and girl get married in a white church and honeymoon in Hawaii. Husband and wife struggle in a tiny apartment for a while before moving into the beautiful house in the suburbs and starting their family. And they all live happily ever after.

Reality is we met, fell in love, and five years later almost six we still can't afford the rest of the story. We can't afford to live together, as the housing market where we live is overwhelmingly expensive. We can't move away because his son is here. Without living together, there's no point in getting married. And without marriage, there's no honeymoon.

It can be terribly discouraging, feeling like there's no solid future to look forward to. The uncertainties of "will we ever live together?" and "do we have any future together?" weigh heavily on our minds. The idea of an American dream is more like a nightmare for us. Though neither one of us will say it, I'm sure I'm not the only one who wonders how we stay together sometimes.

But I'm also sure I'm not the only one who knows we stay together because of love. Pure and simple. It isn't about legalities and formalities of marriage and buying a house. It's about a natural feeling of contentment when we're around each other. We are home, wherever we are. Maybe someday we'll get married and buy a house with a yard. Maybe someday we could even afford that trip to Hawaii. For now, we are a happy home together, whether we're in a new house or just sitting across from each other in a restaurant. No house can have a more solid foundation than that.


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