Ed: Who doesn’t like a steep, fast, twisting roller coaster full of dips and screams? Well, maybe that wasn’t my first choice. When I was younger, I liked the bumper cars.
Leonor: When I was a kid, my older brother would take me to amusement parks. He would let me go on any ride I wanted. I cautiously chose the kiddie rides.
Ed: While we were dating and engaged, we enjoyed visiting amusement parks. I knew Leonor was hesitant about some rides, so I was surprised when she asked me if we could ride the “upside down” roller coaster. I wasn’t sure if this was a good idea, but I said OK. We got in the long line and watched and listened to people cheering and screaming.
Leonor: When it was out turn, our bodies and feet were strapped down tightly. I was grateful that I could still reach over and hold Ed’s hand. I had second thoughts as the ride clicked its way to the very top and then suddenly dropped. We screamed and felt out stomachs in our throats. Although it was scary, we got through this first roller coaster ride and many after.
Ed: Together, over the years, we have bravely faced job changes, medical issues, the loss of loved ones, financial concerns, worries about our family, and many other twists and turns. We are more willing to take chances and able to manage the ups and downs with confidence, knowing that we love each other and that we will stand by each other whether we judge ourselves to have succeeded or failed. We are braver alone and together knowing that we are loved no matter what the roller coaster of life may bring.
Leonor “Leo” and Ed Rivera are members of the local Worldwide Marriage Encounter community. To learn more about Worldwide Marriage Encounter, visit www.wwme.org. To read more of Leo and Ed’s blogs, visit https://catholiccourier.com/viewpoints/blogs/to-have-and-to-hold.