Saturday, February 20, 2010

A Year Of Finding Love

I'll be honest, as soon as I published yesterday's post, I began to feel nervous, and started to question myself.. but I had a list of chores that I had to get on and do, so I dropped the worry and got on with my list. Topping the list was a trip to the post office, so I took off and stood in line with several folks. I heard a woman's voice start talking to me from behind, saying how beautiful the day had been and weren't we all blessed? When I turned to see who was speaking, I saw an older woman with a sweet smiling face, her silver hair pulled back into an elegant bun. I couldn't help but notice her lovely voice, she had a southern accent, very gentle and polite. (think Jessica Tandy in the movie "Driving Miss Daisy.") She told me that even though it was sunny outside at her age of 89, she still had to wear a winter coat, as she felt the cold more, than when she was younger. I was quite taken aback when she told me her age, and told her how amazing I thought she looked! I went on to ask her what she thought her secret was to her obvious good health and longevity.. and she smiled her sweet smile and said in her lovely southern way, "Why.., LOVE of course," and gave a little secret laugh, more to herself than anything, like she was recollecting something sweet. She explained to me that her husband of 65 years (who was also 89) still worked full time as an engineer, despite having arthritis he was still able to work because he had a great mind and that he loved to work. She went on to say what a wonderful husband he had always been to her , and to this day he would still write her love letters and poetry, she sighed gently and finished by saying "I am lucky to have him, he is my angel." As I watched her describe the man she had loved for so many years, her face lit up, her eyes glistening, skin that glowed.., showing me that truly LOVE was her secret to wellness, health and beauty. I thanked her for sharing, and took my turn at the front desk.

Driving home I couldn't help but laugh at the irony of this conversation in a post office with a total stranger on the very subject of.... what else, but LOVE.

Perhaps I had been visited by an angel?


Apron Thrift Girl said...

Very inspiring. I have been blessed with love and I hope it can take me into my 80's. I love that she shared that as her secret of living long. What a beautiful story.

Carol said...

Well, finally after divorced twice and at 52 dare I say I know what love is about. The term "soul mate" was so misleading for me... Now I try to "be" one to my third husband and it works, so far. It turns out that not just he but we both are lucky. Love is to be and to give, and it will finds its way to you/me.