Debra wanted to share her love story “so as to inspire others that may be waiting for the right one to come along. I love the idea of giving other romantic souls some inspiration!”

We met as juniors in our high school honors English class, and swapped notes when our instructor wasn’t looking. We became high school sweethearts, attending our senior prom together. We went off to separate colleges, established careers and families, and only recently reunited when time and circumstances opened up to us the gift of rediscovering one another.

It has been a joy to bring alive the seed of our beginnings, to see that something essentially loving and believing within each of us has somehow been revived. Wonderment grows as we see how the potential that we recognized in one another has manifested in us as adults, bringing a whole new richness to our life together. There is much still to be learned about one another as we grow and change in one another’s care.

When Bruce first came to visit me, 38 years after we graduated from high school, his first words to me were, “It’s you!”

I went into his arms as naturally as ever I did when we first met. The magic of our instant recognition and rekindled (and greatly expanded) love is hard to describe. I honor and I am grateful for the beauty of his soul, his humor, generosity, unfailing kindness and the manner in which he manifests his highest intentions with his work, and his community involvement. He constantly affirms his own gratitude for what I bring to our marriage.

Bruce first proposed to me under a rose arbor in Northern California, where I was living when we first reunited. I remember we talked of marriage when we were high school sweethearts, more in terms of being unready for that commitment as we were about to part ways to attend college.

Several times, when I said or did something that endeared me to him, Bruce would often say, “Marry me.” I remember standing at a staircase during a conference he was attending, and vowing with Bruce that we would never again part from one another. We both had tears in our eyes for the sadness of lost years and the joy of finding one another again. Those interim years taught us much that will continue to enrich our life together. We married in a civil ceremony on June 6, 2012, and we will reaffirm our vows with our rabbi, our family and our friends on November 4, 2012.

We share the principle and practice of Tikkun Olam, the healing of the world, in various ways, and this enriches our relationship. We also share a sense of fun and play which sustains us in the work we do for our community. We are presently participating in a permaculture organization known as Gaia’s Guardians. We help to establish individual and community gardens throughout our county, and promote local organic food growing and sales throughout the country.

Our commitment is to nurture our blended families, and to continue the support and parental roles on behalf of our three adult sons, and our daughter, Maleah. We bring spiritual practice and love to these roles, and to our roles as husband and wife as well as to our work in the world.

Congratulations, Debra and Bruce, and thank you for sharing your inspiring story! Mali & Joe, authors of The Soulmate Experience: A Practical Guide to Creating Extraordinary Relationships and creators of Mantras for Making Love and Overcoming Jealousy