We had originally planned to marry on 10/10/2020, and then off to Italy for our honeymoon. It was a dream vacation for us both. We saw how the pandemic was really starting to get bad in Asia. I knew it was coming here and I knew it would be bad. Ultimately we decided against our wedding in October. We knew I would be high risk being a nurse and didn’t know if I would survive the pandemic. I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with Melissa, no matter how long that would be. And I wanted to make sure my new family would be taken care of if something were to happen to me. We decided to go to the courthouse for a simple ceremony. Two days before our date, the shutdown came. The courthouse would be closed to all ceremonies. We had no idea what we would do. Everything was closing down and we had no where we could go to get married. Our dear friend Lisa got her officiant license online and saved the day. She married us, in our kitchen, right after I got home from work, right as she was leaving town to go back to be with her partner during the lockdown.
So our wedding did not go as nearly as planned. Obviously, the Italy trip is indefinitely postponed until further notice. But I have my wife. We both survived our first covid infections together as a family. And I wouldn’t change anything in my life right now. Things don’t always go as planned; this time I’m glad they didn’t.