|Las Vegas, 1993|
In other word, Vegas had personality.
Like most little girls, I had dreams if my perfect wedding while growing up. My dreams didn't involve a poufy white dress, though. My dreams were of Vegas. I thought a wedding presided over by an Elvis impersonator would be ideal.
I had time to ponder these dreams as I sat on Amtrak's Desert Wind, the train that used to run from Chicago to Los Angeles, with stops along the way in Galesburg, Illinois (where popcorn was invented), Creston, Iowa (where the train depot is a national landmark), Omaha, Nebraska (famous for the Union Stockyards and Boys Town), Denver, Salt Lake City, and what felt like a million other small towns rife with Americana before reaching Las Vegas.
|Las Vegas Amrak Station, circa 1970|
|Las Vegas Amtrak Station, 1993|
|The only place in Vegas |
that has not changed
Next we needed rings. We went into several shops, and eventually found the ones we wanted in a little off-the-beaten-path store. They're classic southwest style, silver with turquoise and red stones. Not traditional wedding rings, but we're not exactly a traditional couple.
|February 26, 1993|
I mentioned that we're not a traditional couple. By rights, we probably never should have even met. We're from different continents and generations. Our lives before we met could not have been more like night and day. But we were meant to be together. Through the good times and the difficult ones--and there have been plenty of both--we've shared just about every emotion human beings are capable of experiencing.
Sometimes when I get scared or angry or frustrated, he will look at me, right into my eyes, take my hand, and say, "hey, we're in this together." We truly are, and for that, I am more grateful than I'll ever be able to adequately express.
So on the twentieth anniversary of that wonderful day in Las Vegas when we made a commitment that has held strong ever since, we will celebrate together, and I will tell my husband just one more time that I love him with all that I am, and all that I ever will be.