Bryson City Seasons — An Anniversary to Remember (Part 1)

This is from the nineteenth chapter from my best-selling book, Bryson City Seasons, which is the sequel to Bryson City TalesI hope that you’ll enjoy going back to Bryson City with me each week and that if you do, you’ll be sure to invite your friends and family to join us.


As Barb and I enjoyed our incredible second honeymoon, including a trip to Walt Disney World and a Caribbean cruise more romantic and restful than we could have imagined—climbing Dunn’s River Falls in Jamaica with a private guide, snorkeling in the Caribbean, shopping in Cancun—Sally Jenkins was hard at work coordinating the makeover of our bedroom.

The hand-carved, solid-wood furniture was set in place. The new sheets, pillows, shams, and comforter Sally had helped me pick out adorned the bed. The room glowed with a fresh coat of paint, brand-new carpet, and window coverings—compliments of the hospital after Sally had R.P. convince them to spring for that part of the makeover.

The time came to head home, and Sally had everything prepared. She had made the bed, put chocolates on the pillows, turned the lights on to a low and romantic intensity, and placed fresh flowers by the bed and in the bathroom. Even better, Sally arranged for Kate and Scott to spend one additional night with Nancy Cunningham—so that we could enjoy one last day (and evening) in our new, secluded boudoir.

We had promised ourselves an entire day after returning just to unpack and rest. In so many previous vacations, we had rushed back and then dashed back to work the very next day. This always frustrated Barb and would end up aggravating me. So we had learned to arrive back from vacations on Saturday—giving us a day of rest before returning to work.

As we parked our little yellow Toyota by the garage, I told Barb I’d come back to get our luggage. Arm in arm, we walked up to our little green house. I unlocked the door, opened it, and then gently lifted Barb into my arms.

“Just what in the world do you think you’re doing?” she asked, laughing.

“I’m taking you across the threshold into our honeymoon cottage.”

She laughed. “You’re silly. We’ve just been on a honeymoon.”

I carried her into the dining room and gently put her down. I turned her toward me and looked at her beautiful face. “Honey, we did have a wonderful trip, but it’s not over. Today is just the continuation of your second honeymoon. Today we begin the rest of our marriage. Close your eyes.”

She looked quizzically at me. “For what?”
I smiled. “Just close your eyes.”
She did. I grasped her hands in mine and led her toward the

bedroom. Once we were at the door, I let go of her hands. “Keep your eyes closed,” I cajoled.

Then I walked behind her and held her shoulders as I directed her toward the door to our bedroom. The view that met my eyes was so stunning I almost gasped. I whispered in Barb’s ear, “Open your eyes.”

It was Barb’s turn to gasp as she clasped her hand to her mouth. She turned to look at me, her eyes as wide as saucers and then turned back to the room. Slowly she stepped into the bedroom and began to walk around, combining gasps and laughs with each new discovery.

She was shocked—and terribly pleased.

It was the most perfect ending to a perfect anniversary.

And it was the beginning of a deepening and a new maturity in our married life. However, our new bedroom carpet almost resulted in the end of Scott’s life.


  1. The Murder (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  2. The Arrival (Part 1)(Part 2)
  3. The Hemlock Inn (Part 1)(Part 2)
  4. The Grand Tour (Part 1)(Part 2)
  5. The Interview (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  6. Settling In (Part 1)(Part 2)
  7. First-Day Jitters (Part 1)(Part 2)
  8. Emergency (Part 1)(Part 2)
  9. The Delivery (Part 1)(Part 2)
  10. The “Expert” (Part 1)(Part 2)
  11. The Trial (Part 1)(Part 2)
  12. Shiitake Sam (Part 1)(Part 2)
  13. Wet Behind the Ears (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  14. Lessons in Daily Practice (Part 1) — Anal Angina(Part 2)(Part 3)(Part 4)
  15. White Lies
  16. The Epiphany (Part 1)(Part 2)
  17. Becoming Part of the Team (Part 1)(Part 2)
  18. Monuments (Part 1)(Part 2)
  19. My First Home Victory (Part 1)(Part 2)
  20. Fisher of Men (Part 1)(Part 2)
  21. Fly-Fishing (Part 1); (Part 2)
  22. Something Fishy (Part 1)(Part 2)
  23. A Good Day at the Office
  24. An Evening to Remember
  25. Another New Doc Comes to Town
  26. ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas (Part 1)(Part 2)
  27. A Surprising Gift
  28. The New Year (Part 1)(Part 2)
  29. The Home Birth (Part1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  30. The Showdown (Part1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  31. The Initiation (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)
  32. Home at Last (Part 1)(Part 2)(Part 3)

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