Sometimes love occurs at first sight. For others, patience is required as you move through life, happy and fulfilled, with just that one thing missing. He said he sought a life partner with depth, who was smart, caring and kind. Did she need to make a mean lasagna besides?
Train that left the Station
He had been a bachelor for more than 60 years. He was attractive, intelligent, financially secure, funny, interesting. He was what would be considered quite a catch for a woman of his day. He had a full and successful life with a career in a field he loved, lots of friends and loving family.
And yet romance had alluded him. He never found the time . . . or took the time . . . to look past the casual, to find a woman who could hold his attention and fill the void. After so many decades of a solitary life, he explained, he assumed that train had left the station. Fatherhood was not to be. Intimacy was not to be experienced.
And then she came into his life. Bustling and busy, bright and joyful. They became friends and enjoyed spending time together. They started doing for each other, and going places together. They started dating. And it all fell together so naturally, so happily.
A couple of years and they realized they wanted more and they got engaged. They’re now approaching 3,000 days together. He’s counted them.
How do I know? I am the train that pulled into his station. Big red caboose and all.
P.S. Sequestering during the pandemic added a new 24/7 dimension to our togetherness. Our train just chugged on through and out the other side. Now all we seek is just one more day. And then one more and perhaps another . . . And give thanks on every one of those days.