Most people don’t realize that the fairy tales told on the altar have back stories. Some of the most common ones are predicated on trial and error.

It starts with a meeting…

Continues through courting…

Thrives through seasons and storms…

And if Providence be not on their side, they separate…

The search goes on; back to square one.

And the broken heart pushes forward–forgetting the past, eager to see the future.

Carlo and Lara, however, knew each other when they were still learning the basics of Science and the intricacies of English. As grade school seat mates, they had nicknames given to them by other people long before they would come up with their own as boyfriend and girlfriend.

And as they grew into the man and woman their parents raised them to be, a thousand miles would not be enough to separate them and their fate. Should a love endure time and distance; scorn and hardship; doubt and inconvenience, I think that kind of love deserves forever.

Meeting one’s soulmate is the easy part; it’s the hard work of keeping them where most people give up.

Carlo and Lara, you could say, never knew how to give up.

And that is why the following memoir exists.