Two decades on & still going strong

IT’S a question often asked: What is true love?

A quick search on the internet and according to the blog site Mercury: “Everyone wants to know what true love is, and many people think they can feel it when it happens, but do they? Are they experiencing true love or are the experience infatuation, lust, or even wishful thinking? Moreover, is true love something that is actually possible, or is it all in our heads?

“In order to understand true love, we need to understand love. Love is defined as an intense feeling of affection for someone, which means that you view someone as awesome and desirable based on your beliefs, judgments, and experiences. Once you decide that someone is attractive to you mentally and physically, love also becomes a biological process. Your body takes over and reinforces what your mind already knows — that this person makes you feel amazing!”

In a relationship, one can therefore conclude true love cannot be experienced just on the first date or that first kiss, but it takes a long while, a long time and it could be for years.

When Olivia Howell met Tony about two decades ago in Bobby McGees in Canberra, Australia, she was excited.

“I was excited and wanted to know all about him,” she said.

“I saw her walking across the room and thought wow’,” said Tony, an IT consultant.

Nine years of courting and the Tony proposed to Olivia at Philip Island in the land Down Under.

Ten years after saying “I do” and with three beautiful children the couple decided to renew their marriage vows at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort in Sigatoka.

“We chose Fiji because of the beautiful, amazing weather and the wonderful resorts,” said Mrs Howell.

The event proved to be more emotional as the couple had their three children over.

“My two daughters Grace and Lily, they were my flower girls and wore matching white floaty dresses. They were beautiful,” said Mrs Howell.

“Max my son and my best mate was best man,” added Mr Howell.

When asked what does marriage mean to them, they both agreed that marriage was about love and companionship.

“He is reliable, caring and a great father,” she added

“She is beautiful and a wonderful mother to our kids.”

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