Hills and Valleys

“Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” Aristotle
Cao~Full of Passion

I am going to do a bit of remix today, as a toast to St. Valentines Day. My friend Skip Staheli fits casually into my life style like a well worn soft and fuzzy sweatshirt. I mean that in the best of ways. Winter always brings that out of me.  Skip and I have been working together, if you can call it work, it’s more fun than work ever will be, for about five years now.  So for him, and for all of you too, I want to repost a toast (slàinte) I wrote to my XiuXiu Bean, on the eve of the biggest day of her life, the day she got married in real life to the beloved man of her dreams. But somehow it fits for all of you on this day of love.

Cao~Out of this World....

I wish you more valleys than hills in your travels together. I pray though you love and cherish him, you remain a person, not just become a couple and continue to enjoy those things you alone are passionate for. I beg you never fight over money, it’s a senseless argument as there never seems to be enough of it to go around. I hope you never go to bed angry, choosing to hold each other close and discuss that which doesn’t quite fit. That in those moments you disagree, you write each others transgressions in sand, not stone, so that the morning rain will wash them away. And that in this, this mature love, you find you do not spend the time looking at one another, but spend it more wisely looking outward in the same direction forging a future that is a testimony to both of your lives legacy’s. And last, but certainly not least, I pray you both always remember marriage isn’t truly 50/50. There will be times when he gives 10% and you 90% but other times when you give less and he gives more. It is in these times of mutual disproportionate sharing that love builds the rock of its creation from which your family tree will take root, thrive and blossom.

The take from? Words are what brought most of you to me. The richest thing I own is words, so what sort of friend would I be to hold them to myself and not share them with you on this, the eve of the rest of your life. Godspeed to you all.



Wings: Remarkable Oblivion, Eternity Wings  **NEW**
Hair: Tableau Vivant, My Love Hair @Collabor88
Top/Sleeves: Boudoir, Kiss My Lips  @Love is in the Air
Antlers: LaGyo, Flowered Antlers  @Love is in the Air
Corset: .Enfant Terrible., Rosalie’s Corset  **NEW**
Boots: Bax, Regency
Collar: *:..SilveryK…:*, Neck Corset  @Collabor88

17 thoughts on “Hills and Valleys

  1. ❤ gorgeous words… and so very happy ánd grateful that we still work together.. every time is still a feast to me.. hugs tight and Happy Valentines Day to you, my lil Moo ❤ ❤ ❤

  2. Cao, your words are so touching and inspiring…thank you so much for sharing them with us! ❤
    And Skip did such a beautiful job, as usual. You can really see the love he has for his craft in every photo he produces…

  3. Such wonderful words and images. You are a goddess and Skip is a god….the collaboration is unbeatable mastery.
    Gives us all something to aspire to. Hugs Cao. I hope your Valentine’s day was splendid.

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