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Awestruck Second Chance
Dedicated to My husband
Submitted by Denice
Years of heartache, loss, and pain; along the way, our marriage was on the slippery slope of blame, desperation and regret. I went to sleep each night wondering if we'd make it through another week.
An offered job assignment in Hawaii to review several hotels within 10 days and an unbelievable companion airfare of $99 might just avert pending disaster or a certain path to divorce. On a leap of faith, I took the assignment and booked his ticket without asking if he could take time off from work.
Somewhere along the way through that first week in Hawaii, the Islands slowly worked their magic on the attitudes, hearts, and minds of two stubborn people. The slower pace, the friendly smiles and cordial Hawaiian ways, the beauty all around … it was all so at odds with the crazy, harried Atlanta lifestyle we had left behind.
Several hectic hotel reviews later, we took several days in Maui just for us. As we left the airport that evening, it was like every burden, disappointment, and frustration of the past 11 years of marriage stayed on the plane.
We drove along on a dark, curvy road on our way to the other side of the island to our lodging. I looked up and was shocked how dark the night sky was, yet how brilliant the stars were. I begged David to pull to the side of the road so that we could put the convertible's top down.
We sat awestruck and experienced the most incredible moment of our marriage ~ the darkest night sky lit with diamonds, the soothing sounds of waves crashing along the shore, and the incredible smell of Hawaii all around. For the first time in longer than either could remember, we experienced peace, joy and the trueness of the Love we had pledge to each other 11 April's previously.
For the next four days, we focused on restoration and renewal. From the summit of Haleakala to snorkeling and frolicking in the depths of the sea, we experienced more intimacy in those short, brief days than in the previous five years. The wonders of Hawaii had taken two broken and hurting people and set them on a path to a new beginning.