This is specially dedicated to my dear friend Kavita and her hubby Sam.
Marriage is a commitment to life,
the best that two people can find and bring out in each other.
It offers opportunities for sharing and growththat no other relationship can equal.
It is a physical and an emotional joining that is promised for a lifetime.
Within the circle of its love,
marriage encompasses all of life's most important relationships.
A wife and a husband are each other's best friend,
confidant, lover, teacher, listener, and critic.
And there may come times when one partner is heartbroken or ailing
,and the love of the other may resemblethe tender caring of a parent or child.
Marriage deepens and enriches every facet of life.
Happiness is fuller, memories are fresher,commitment is stronger,
even anger is felt more strongly,and passes away more quickly.
Marriage understands and forgives the mistakes lifeis unable to avoid.
It encourages and nurtures new life,new experiences,
new ways of expressinga love that is deeper than life.
When two people pledge their love and care for each other in marriage,
they create a spirit unique unto themselves which binds them closerthan any spoken or written words.
Marriage is a promise, a potential made in the hearts of two peoplewho love each other and takes a lifetime to fulfill.
By Edmund O'Neill