It was the next to the last nite the final meal of the day. We were certainly well fed, well read and well received. Entering the large dining room at Embassy Suites there was one seat . Right. There. The Lovely Woman to the right graciously offered the seat was indeed vacant. She seemed in spirit weightier than her years. Smile lines mingled with sorrow and grief over years of an obviously well loved Woman.
Lin and her husband of 39 years had traveled the country teaching on Marriage . This was her first time out and away from home since. he. passed. Four years ago. They’d raised children, been happy. Then he was gone. She’d sold their home and rented one in another state. She shared about how they met in college. How somehow the group had ended up paired off and she had ended up with him. (This gal suspects that he had seen the Jewel and had arranged said pair off 😉 )How they’s danced and fallen in love. Her eyes sparkling even when tears threatened. For nearly four decades, a leader in their home, church, family and her Hero.
She was there at Proverbs 31 Ministries, She Speaks Conference to learn new skills. She’d written a book. She had a publisher. It was ready to roll. She was here. Because The Lord had spoken (in the voice of a very dear friend who had said she should go) . As the tears welled over, mine followed. She talked about her Happily Ever After Story. Every girl’s dream. Not perfect, but perfect for her…
She was watching me. She had seen this reaction before ? Telling every girl’s dream story of a Happy Ending love story. Tears and red ringed eyes from the listener? Thanking her for sharing such a deeply personal and lovely tale. She glanced down at my hands as she asked about my story. And. Waited. And Listened.
Marriage young,. Marriage to someone I thought would change. Someone I thought I could Change . We had a plan before marriage. we talked it through. Agreed. But somehow it just never quite got settled. Made new plans after marriage. New changes. Agreed. But somehow it just never quite was settled. The Marriage never Belonged To God. And by the time it did, it was too late. One of us was too far. Or both.
She listened. She asked. She knew.
Then she smiled.
end of ~Part 1 An Anniversary Gift next up on Thoughtful Thursday. I think you might be surprised!
How about you? Do you know some who’s Marriage/relationship is over the top? Is YOUR Marriage , Dating relationship Happily Ever After? We really want to hear your story. We NEED to hear your Story.
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