I’ve sneakily called this Part One, basically because I want to make sure that Piriya sends us in her wedding AOP too. But that doesn’t do justice, really, to the story that has gone before this picture. This is a perfect AOP all on its own. It has love, fighting through adversity, and a proposal at the sea-side. What more could you want?
But wait. It actually has more than that. It has a triumph, for Piriya, and for Ben, and a little bit of hope for everyone else in dual-culture relationships in Britain today, especially for those whose parents disapprove of the relationship.
I’ll leave Piriya to tell the rest of this happy (ending) story….
It isn’t the best-quality photo ever submitted on AOP. It was taken on my phone by a waiter we’d never met before at a restaurant far away, but in this photo I see the beginning of our life together, a moment we both never thought would come.
Due to various reasons discussed elsewhere, our relationship has been fraught by problems. Not problems between us, but other people’s problems with the idea of us. It hasn’t always been easy, but somehow we both had the courage to push past the difficulties facing us, united.
On the 24th of November, two years and 11 months to the day we went on our first date, Ben and I became engaged. The photo you see was taken at a celebratory lunch an hour after Ben proposed on a hilltop overlooking Leigh-on-Sea, a town near Southend-on-Sea, where Ben spent many happy memories with his grandparents before they passed away, and where we have spent precious Summer days together since.
We will be married on September 12, 2014 and my family will be very much a part of the ceremony. It has been a long and hard struggle but like many of you said in my first post, it has been worth it.
To my fiancé, I can only say one thing: thank you. Here’s to an extraordinary 2014.