She Didn’t Marry Him, But He Was Still Grateful


A friend recently invited me to a wedding between a couple who were both marrying for the second time. The Catholic ceremony was modest, and attended mostly by those who knew the bride (Martha) and groom (Daniel) well. After the exchange of the vows, the couple organized an early dinner with drinks and music at a local Mexican restaurant specializing in seafood.

The Background

Martha is from Venezuela, but has lived in the United States for more than a decade. Her mother re-married Texan, and soon the entire family settled here in San Antonio. Martha has two kids from her previous marriage, and she’s had steady employment for several years. While she has work, the income earned is just enough to pay the monthly bills.

After her divorce, she met Daniel, and he immediately became engaged with her children. Daniel works as an assistant manager at a local hotel, and earns the going…


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