Ronnie and Mandi in the Arizona Desert

I really enjoy reading about, and watching video of,  Ronnie and Mandi.  I like following their exploits in the Arizona desert, watching them singing rock songs while driving and eating romantic dinners at the hospital, making the best of every moment.

Interestingly, I discovered today that cystic fibrosis has very little to do with why I enjoy the adventures of Ronnie and Mandi.

Yes, cystic fibrosis is a terrible disease that I hate to my core and obviously plays a role in their lives.  However, like a flower that grows alone on a rocky hillside, CF can also defy logic and conditions and blossom a courage of love unlike any other.  And it is love, not cf, that makes Ronnie and his heroine such a compelling story to witness.

Their actions and joy in the face of a mighty wind exemplify what is best about youth and humanity – no matter what life throws at you, being together with the person you love, if only for a moment in time, can overcome the most insidious of enemies.  These two crazy kids embrace the storm and reach out to others, telling them, together we are stronger.

So, today, I sit ignoring my work.  Instead, I take a moment to admire Ronnie and Mandi and every other cf couple who has said “no” to fear and “yes” to the here and now, and who has treated life like a juicy orange and squeezed every breath and drop out of it.  And, I’m grateful for 24 years with my wife.

I thank Ronnie and Mandi for sharing their story.  I wish them a lifetime together and humbly pass on this Springsteen verse, as it has served me well over the years:

We made a promise we swore we’d always remember
No retreat no surrender
Like soldiers in the winter’s night with a vow to defend
No retreat no surrender


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2 thoughts on “Ronnie and Mandi in the Arizona Desert

  1. Yeah, it’s times like theirs that make me wish I had started my site when Beautiful and I started dating… 7 1/2 years ago. I’ve had a chance to tell some funny stories from our dating years over time, but they are spread out of various blogs.

    Good for them!

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