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The Hero's Journey: Bringing Your Russian Fiance Home

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Author: John Kunkle

The journey you have been on is one that has required you to be resourceful, intelligent, patient, tolerant, tenacious, and most of all persistent.

You have had to maintain your resolve over a long period of time. But you have reached your goal.

You are courageous. Not many men have attempted your journey and far fewer have succeeded.

You are a man among men.

Whether you know it or not, your journey has brought the best out in you. You are now a lion!

You have traversed half way across the world, through hostile climates, desolate hotel rooms, and strange lands.

You have braved strange food, bad water, bad liquor, and bad company.

You have endured rough traveling and danger lurking.

You have overcome foreign tongues, unusual customs, and other obstacles to your success.

You have defeated overbearing bureaucrats, passport control officers, customs agents, taxi drivers, and other conniving thieves attempting to steal your resources or block your advance.

You have out thought and out maneuvered unscrupulous marriage agency owners, scam artists, and gold-diggers.

You have braved loneliness and despair, pushing on when hope was only a passing dream.

You have garnered your prize and brought her home, past the clutches of obstinate embassy personnel, desperate immigration authorities, nay saying acquaintances, and incompetent attorneys.

You now have your reward.

You place her upon the pedestal where she belongs. You admire her beauty. You are proud of her education and intelligence. You wonder at the immaculate way she dresses and grooms herself.

You marvel at her grace as she takes charge of your household. You worship her!

And she is YOURS! To honor and cherish. Till death do you part!

You take your place of honor. You have returned from the Hero's Journey. Successful. You have returned with your mission accomplished, like the knights of old.

Remember the words Shakespeare put in the mouth of Henry V prior to the Battle of Agincourt:

"If we are marked to die, we are enough to do our country loss; and if to live, the fewer men, the greater share of honour…Be in their flowing cups freshly remembered. This story shall the good man teach his son; And Crispin Crispian shall ne'er go by, From this day to the ending of the world, But we in it shall be remembered - We few, we happy few, we band of brothers." Henry V, Act 4, Scene 3

You stand before the other knights who have already returned from their Hero's Journey.

You kneel before their leader. He places the flat blade of the sword upon your shoulder. First right. Then left. Then right again.

The other men raise their glasses. A toast. The men say in unison:

"Our glasses raised. Our pride conveyed. Here is to our brother."

Another knight has joined the Round Table.

About the author: John Kunkle has been successfully married to a Belarussian wife for over five years. He has traveled extensively through Russia and other CIS countries. He will tell you why you should consider Russian women, how to meet them, how to bring your special woman home, and how to survive married life.

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