‘Backward’ Tale – The Boy and The Girl.

09 Sep

 WeddingIt’s been a nice hand, more precisely, a full house,

with three Queens and two Kings

It’s been a roller coaster… living and moving…

And adjusting… and moving again.

They traveled because of work,

They moved because it’s their passion.

It’s been nine years and eleven months
Since the boy and the girl have wed.

One decade awaits to celebrate their togetherness

But it was not always like that

The boy had dreams

The girl had fears

And yet, they were so alike…

The girl had left her home country,
Her job would take her to a far away land

The boy would wait for her.

He had found a job, he had finished school.

His job would yet take him to far away lands

But the boy liked to travel

And so did the girl.

boy and girlThere have been financial difficulties.

There have been physical distances

There have been emotional challenges

But the boy and the girl have never given up.

That boy and that girl had met some twelve years back

And could not wait to meet up again… and again…

They traveled to see each other

They traveled because of work.

They traveled to unknown places, for the ordinary pleasures of moving, seeing and learning…

Even if there had been no money to travel, they would still do it

And simply pay for it later.

Some twelve years ago,

The boy had gone to the girl’s home country

To learn a new language,

To learn a new culture,

To find himself into a whole new adventure.

Without even looking for it,
He discovered love

And so did the girl.

Neither one of them had ever believed in love at first sight.

The boy and the girl were probably the most skeptical people on the face of the Earth,

But those two were so wrong!

And they found what they were missing, on each other

Some twelve years back…

Now, the boy and the girl have aged

And they are proud to show their hand: they’ve got the most perfect full house

With three Queens and two Kings….♥


This post is written in response to WordPress’ Weekly Writing Challenge. The details of the challenge can be found here.


Posted by on September 9, 2013 in FAMILY, foreign service, LOVE


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36 responses to “‘Backward’ Tale – The Boy and The Girl.

  1. amandarenee0224

    September 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    Very cute and creative!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Thank you very much, AmandaRenee! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share your impressions… 😮


  2. Priscila Giusti

    September 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm

    excellent text, really touching. congrats


  3. rgen77

    September 11, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Sniff.. Sniff that was really sweet


  4. Jaye's Brain

    September 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Love this! This is my favorite response to this particular challenge! So much is packed in to this full house!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm

      Ohhhh… Thank you Jaye’s Brain! Very much appreciated – glad you enjoyed it! 😮


  5. Marcia Clarke

    September 10, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Loved reading your love story, thanks for sharing!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 11, 2013 at 12:04 am

      Thank you very much, Marcia… at the end, the two of us down here are simply grown-up versions of a boy and a girl… 😮


  6. lingeringvisions by Dawn

    September 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I like your story of a boy and a girl.


  7. colonialist

    September 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    A lovely read, but one wants more of the detail in those two years!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 10, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Which two years? The ones we were sort of together, but before marriage? 😮
      Let me know and I’ll be happy to ‘update’ it! 😮

      Thanks for stopping by, and for your curiosity…Just as a teaser: we did do letter mail, yeap, the regular kind, old-school hand-written stuff… cards… care packages between Brazil and US… endless phone calls [so expensive back then!] and Messenger! [remember, from Hotmail??] All before the ‘Facebook’, ‘Facetime’, ‘Google Chat’ or ‘Skype’ Eras!!!


      • colonialist

        September 11, 2013 at 4:24 pm

        Yes, those two years. I was wondering how on earth (different parts of, haha) you had carried on a romance with so much distance and activity getting in the way!


        • 3rdCultureChildren

          September 11, 2013 at 6:23 pm

          Yeap – you’re completely right – for 2 years we did ‘long distance’- he’d come to visit me, I’d go during the Winter holidays… until I got a job offer from the University of California… then, the ‘cross-continent’ became ‘cross-country’… easier… and it was not like, after we finally got married, the moving-packing-moving again ended! with the kids, 5 countries, and still counting!


  8. frizztext

    September 10, 2013 at 9:35 am

    nice state of mind, to look back to your own life in this way – congratulations for both: for living – and for describing in such a way – like a ballad to sing with guitar …


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 10, 2013 at 9:53 am

      Thank you, Frizz. I also really liked the ‘image’ you offered me here – the ‘ballad to sing with guitar…’ wish one of us – would know how to… Husband is a big fan of Rock Band, which he plays/sings with our oldest son… maybe I can make a request… Pick some nice song from the 80s, and have him work his magic…

      Thank you for the nice words – a great way to begin this Tuesday! 😮


  9. Lucid Gypsy

    September 10, 2013 at 3:31 am

    What a lovely way to tell your story Raquel!


  10. Etienne

    September 10, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Congrats R and L, 10 years coming up soon!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

      Oh, Etienne! Thank you so very much for taking the time to stop by and read thru it!
      We’ve enjoyed life together… despite all the madness that comes with the ‘type of life’ we’ve chosen for ourselves! As far it goes, we’ll keep moving on… forward… always!

      Greetings from our ‘nomadic FS family’ to yours… 😮


  11. i*Kan

    September 9, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    What a lovely story and so beautifully written!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 9, 2013 at 10:42 pm

      Ohhh… Thank you so much! There’s more to that, but, for now, that’s my take on ‘backward’ on a love story very close to my heart… 😮 Thank you for taking the time to read through the post, and for sharing your comments – always great way to enrich the blogging experience! Greetings from La Paz, Bolivia.


  12. Bernice

    September 9, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I love this!! I could not wait to read what happened next or previous!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      September 9, 2013 at 8:59 pm

      Thank you, Bernice! Neither could the ‘boy’ nor the ‘girl’… I keep telling myself, the husband and our kids, “one day we will write down our little story… how we met, and the things that happen before you guys [children] came on board!” Thank you for taking the time to read thru it! Much appreciated!


      • Bernice

        September 9, 2013 at 9:11 pm

        Well now I am waiting for the book to come out! Such a teaser! But it is very good! It had a flow and rythym to it that just kept your attention. 🙂


        • 3rdCultureChildren

          September 9, 2013 at 9:58 pm

          I’m really glad to know that, Bernice!
          One day, one day… maybe not a book, but one day, husband and I will have the story down… for our grandchildren! 😮


          • Bernice

            September 9, 2013 at 10:06 pm

            You could always write one of those e-books and self-publish. You know in all your free time. 🙂


            • 3rdCultureChildren

              September 9, 2013 at 10:16 pm

              Thanks for the encouragement… right now, it’s on the blog… there are a lot of memories here… eventually, transform the blog into a book… I know Blurp does that… one day, one day! 😮


            • Bernice

              September 9, 2013 at 10:51 pm

              That is a great idea!!


            • 3rdCultureChildren

              September 9, 2013 at 10:52 pm




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