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The end of my first marriage (which happened long before we actually parted) was very painful. The more so, I think, because Sharon and I had entered the marriage with expectations and promises of 'forever.' When those expectations were dashed and those promises broken, it hurt.

So, when I later asked Annette to be my wife, I was understandably a little shy about making promises.

No Promises

"I did" isn't an illusion,
But only a truth I lived.

"I do" isn't a choice,
But only a need I bear.

"I will" isn't a promise,
But only a belief I harbor.

Yet, I surely did,
As surely I do . . .

Love you.

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