A Romance That Never Dies

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Because it's Valentines Day, I wanted to share with y'all the most romantic thing I've ever heard anyone say. This was actually said almost 15 years ago, but I can still remember it clearly. It was before I was married or even knew Jack, but it always stuck with me. Maybe it was one of those defining moments - you know, a moment that unexpectedly happens and you realize later, sometimes years later, that it made an imprint in your life. Whatever it was, it certainly made a mark with me, and something that defined to me what true love really is, and what I knew I wanted.

It actually involves Lisa's grandmother, Mrs. P. She was quite the character and quite the storyteller. She passed away about 4 years ago, but lived to be 102! Isn't that fantastic? It's so amazing to me to realize that she lived through two world wars, the first motor car and airplane; man landing on the moon, microwave ovens, computers... I could go on an on. It's amazing if you think what 100 years has brought. But with all that she lived to see, she said that the most amazing invention to her was toilet paper. I've thought about that a lot, and you know, I would have to agree.

Anyway, back to the most romantic thing I've ever heard. Lisa's brother, Mrs. P's grandson, had just gotten married. After the wedding and reception, some family and friends went over to Lisa's parents house for the after party party. There was a group of us sitting in the living room by the fireplace and we were all just gabbing about all the different weddings we had been to, who had been married to whom, how long ... You know, just gabbing about weddings and marriage.

Now at this point in time, Mrs. P had been a widow almost as long as she had been married; her husband had passed away in 1969. So as we were gabbing about wedding stuff, a young lady that was sitting next to me asked Mrs. P how long she had been married.

Okay, let me set this up for y'all. First of all it got quiet. Mrs. P's face got still and serious and she stared right into this yong lady's eyes while rasing her left hand showing the wedding band on her finger. This is what she said: "Oh honey, I'm STILL married. But if you would like to know how many anniversaries Mr. P and I celebrated before he passed away, well that would be 41."

And with that, I want to wish all of you a Very Happy Valentines Day ...

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