Real Love, Travel, and the Dream: A Story of Us

He said he was tired of underwhelming me. I told him, don’t be silly – it is what it is, we are what we are. So we spent six years laughing over our romance, wishing a little and dreaming a lot, but holding tight onto friendship – because, after all, there is nobody else we’d rather hang out with.

And then he booked the whole of my April, in spite of business and wedding season and two kids and our crazy life, and he tried to make me guess his reasons. I guessed Colorado and California, Prince Edward Island, Hawaii, the Caribbean. No, no, no, he said to most of it, and yes on some things, until I was thoroughly mystified by his criss-crossing clues. Wait for your birthday, he said, so I shut up and waited – mostly.

We went to Savannah last weekend – where the cop said St. Patrick’s Day is bigger than it is in New York, and once you get off-duty, it’s off the ‘effin handle – and we shot ourselves a wedding that ended at three. We drove around town, fell a little in love with the whimsical charm of the place, found coffee and a green fountain and a festival where violins sang out songs that made my toes ache to move.

And I asked him one more time where are we going?, and he said, let’s go back to the Irish festival, and I said I don’t mind driving; I like being with you, and he said, Lets. Go. Back. To. The. Irish. Festival.

I think I said wow. Wooowwow. And then I called my mother: My husband is taking me to Ireland in April.

[Image by Howard Russell. Used with permission.]

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26 thoughts on “Real Love, Travel, and the Dream: A Story of Us

  1. L.L. Barkat



    You are going to visit one of my favorite people while you are there, aren’t you? :)

    This is so, so sweet.

  2. Fiona

    Wow…you always make me get little goosebumps reading your blog pieces…always

  3. Maureen

    Great gift, Kelly! It’s a place on my travel list (somewhere in my heritage are some Irish on my mother’s side). You will have a wonderful time, I’m sure.

  4. Nancy

    I’m thinking you ought to hang onto that guy. Oh, and could you bring me back a leprechaun? (Or just take one of your amazing photos of one)

    Raising a pint in your direction! (Okay, not really. It’s not even 9 in the morning yet. It’s more of a virtual pint)

    Happy. For. You!

  5. Stacey

    Oh my word! That is fabulous! I am slightly envious, but mostly ecstatic for you! I know you will have a great time. Oh the pictures you will return with!

  6. Simply Darlene

    I reckon you are stopping by miss C’s too? Take me in your suitcase. You won’t even know I’m along, except for the screaming and crying from being cramped up for so long & the yells of hunger… ;-)


  7. Katrine

    Life is full of wonderful things, I love traveling and link my self in a new things were I can learn from it… Live life with happiness…

  8. Stacy Tim Morgan

    You have an amazing husband. You should hold onto that bond of friendship forever.
    Best wishes ahead.


  9. Leslie Tee

    Cheers to your love story. Very heart warming. When was your first date and what did you do? Thanks for sharing a part of your self here.


  10. Megan Willome

    Oh, wow! For a whole month? CoolCoolCool.

    I just found out I get to do a quickie trip to Belfast on April 12-18 for a press trip. Excited but scared about traveling alone.

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