Well, this story has reached the end, but I did find some things lying around in the Danes' household that I thought you might like to see!

Jacob's Fine Jewelry

1772 Harbor Drive

Havre de Grace, Maryland 21078


Ship to:

Mr. Lucas Danes

c/o Luke's Diner

126 Main Street

Stars Hollow, CT 06942

Item Shipped:

One (1) 14 KT White Gold Diamond/Sapphire Eternity Band

We appreciate your business!

Miss Lorelai Leigh Gilmore

Miss April Marie Nardini


Master Samuel Paul Danes

Invite You

to a Celebration for Their Parents

Lorelai and Luke

On Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

5:30 P.M.

at the

Dragonfly Inn

Stars Hollow, Connecticut

Join Us for

Music*Dancing*Chicken Kiev

*Lots of Love*

Plus a Reading of His Own Work

By Author Jess Mariano

Ms. Sondra Kennedy

Clerk of the Courts

Municipal Building

Havre de Grace, MD 21078

June 4, 2007

Dear Sondra,

I don't really expect that you'll remember us, but you married us last year on June 30, and you told me to write to you on our first anniversary. Yesterday wasn't really our anniversary, but it should have been, and in some ways, it was. We had a big party and everyone had a good time, even my husband, Luke, who normally is as anti-social as they come. We were married again by a minister and a rabbi, and if that wasn't good enough, Luke and I repeated as much of the vows as we could remember from when you married us. If repetition guarantees success, I think we'll be married for at least a hundred years.

When you married us, you said that every couple that comes before you has a story to tell, and that was certainly true in our case. Our story would have taken us all day to tell you, partly because we have a really long history, and partly because I like to talk a lot. Luke and I had known each other for a really long time and at first, we really didn't like each other. Now I think it was probably just Unresolved Sexual Tension (UST). Then we got to know each other better, and we became pretty good friends. It took us eight years (!) but one day Luke asked me to waltz and that was all it took for me to look at him in a whole new way. But soon it seemed like every time we got to the point where it should have been easy, some new obstacle got in our way. And we were two stubborn people who were too scared to really trust anyone else in our lives, so every time we ran into a problem we tried to solve it on our own. You can probably guess that didn't work, and even though we knew we loved each other, it finally got to the point where the problems seemed insurmountable and the love got ignored. We both thought we were finished. Heartbroken, but finished.

Unexpected circumstances pushed us to Maryland and to you. On the day we stood before you, we'd only had a couple of days of honest talking under our belts. The words you said to us, and the words you had us repeat to each other seemed to be made just for us. I truly believe they started us on the road to being healed. You reminded us that we'd started out as friends. I think we'd forgotten that somewhere along the line. Once we'd repeated those promises to each other it got easier to work on our relationship. Communication wasn't such a foreign concept. The barriers that had been protecting two separate people came down, and we became a true couple for the first time.

So I wanted to thank you for marrying us and to let you know that we've made it this far. I'm confident that I can write to you again in 25 years and say the same thing.

I also wanted to introduce you to the "Unexpected Circumstance." His name is Samuel Paul Danes, and he was born on March 6th. I've enclosed a picture. As you can see, he looks just like his Daddy. He is loved to pieces by his two sisters, his grandparents, his aunt and uncle, his cousin, and by all the crazy people who live in our small town. He's a lucky little boy. And Luke and I are the luckiest people on the planet.

Thanks for gluing us back together.

Gratefully yours,

Lorelai Danes

Thanks for reading! See you at the next story! DFC