Two talented dancers show the evolution of a relationship in this touching video with a surprise ending.
First, we see dancers Keone and Mari Madrid unpacking boxes in a new home, combining their stuff and their lives. Their movements show they're happy, in sync, in love. But naturally, after the romance comes the reality, and we see the duo mopping, and doing laundry, but still in an oh-so-sexy dance way.
Then—uh oh, they're fighting! Angry body language. But soon, they (grudgingly) make up.
They can't be that mad. In the next scene, we watch as the dancers get engaged. And then, suddenly, she's expecting! Keone is thrilled when Mari announces her pregnancy news by handing him a pair of baby booties. The last scene is Mari with a swollen tummy hanging those booties on the couple's Christmas tree.
"Love isn't as easy as this three-minute video may portray," says Keone, who has been with Mari for eight years and married to her for three. "But we hope viewers find comfort in knowing that the couple in the video is husband and wife in real life and goes through similar ups and downs that other couples experience."
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What I love about this video, which was directed by David Javier, is that it takes small moments (cleaning the house, for example) and big moments (like getting engaged) to show what a relationship is like. Because that's what it's made of.
For me, marriage is equally about running out of paper towels, but also about the days we welcomed our three children. It's all of it. And it's all wonderful, and horrible, and fun, and hard. And if you truly believe, as we do, that you are stuck together, above all, it's so, so worth it.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.