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A Lovely Valentine’s Day Story

By: Anonymous

Date Posted: 2000-02-12

Once in a lifetime you meet someone for the first time, someone so beautiful and stunning that you think there’s no way she would ever look at you twice. Then, in a fleeting moment, while she’s saying “Goodbye” to someone else, and just as you turn to walk away, she asks YOUR name. You turn and your eyes meet with hers, but nothing comes out right away. After a nervous moment, finally you respond, but you’re so awe-struck by her smiling eyes that you almost forget to ask for her name in return.

The next time you meet, she’s just as breathtakingly beautiful as before and you’re thrilled just to hear that she remembers your name. You thought you remembered hers until later on in the story…. Then you think to yourself: it’s nothing special that she remembers your name because she’s like that with everyone, always gracious and always a lady.

The next time you meet, you begin to get to know her. She pours small parts of her heart out to you, one by one, and you realize that all she needs is someone to talk to and someone to listen to her heart, aching out loud. You learn that she, also, is a divorcee, but with three children. The four of them together are the collective victim of an abusive man. You see how unhappy she is in her life and all you want to do is hold her in your arms and sweep her away. She gives you her phone number and you unintentionally begin to fall in love.

During the next encounter, her sense of humor bubbles, overflowing the moments as they go by. You see how cute the little girl inside of her really is, and you think to yourself: how could anyone abuse this creation of god? To your thorough embarrassment, she finally tells you that her name is “Miracle”, not “Marigold”, like you were so proud of yourself for remembering.

As the weeks go by, each time you go out on a date with her, she brings one of the children along. She hopes that eventually you will be able to know each one of them as individuals. We all know that children are different “beasts” when interacting with one another, especially siblings.

The oldest daughter is almost a teenager and acts as Mom’s guardian when it comes to matters of the heart. Smart and inquisitive, she usually plays the role of her mother’s best friend. Although she is already bilingual, she has her share of problems in school - mathematics and spelling. But with a little hard work and individual attention, she’d have no problem getting her grades back up to pre-divorce levels. With her Mom’s tall, slim beauty, the titles of “Covergirl” and “Super Model” are surely in her future.

Her son, the middle child, is smart too. However, he’s not nearly as inquisitive, perhaps because of his little more than seven of life so far. Not understanding all of what is happening - and has happened - in their combined life together, he is innocent and naive. Not knowing why, he holds a great deal of anger within his small chest, but his boyish smile manages to reach from one ear to the other quite often.

The youngest daughter is too intelligent for her own good most of the time. Just two years old, she’s learned to count backwards and carry on conversations that are above her older brother’s level of comprehension. However, she understands no concept of why she only sees her Daddy once every couple of weeks or so. All she knows is that she’s “…going to Daddy’s house…”- all day, everyday.

After a few more months of exploring each other’s personalities, emotionally testing one another and a lot of discussions with the almost-teenaged love advisor, you and her cautiously decide to marry. The mountain of paperwork will take at least two months in this foreign paradise, so the two of you decide to take a quick trip to another tropic paradise, Hawaii: one of the few homes of the “thirty-minute marriage”, including both licensing and nuptials. The other 143 hours and 30 minutes of the quick trip turn into a beautiful honeymoon, as long as the thought of the ensuing credit card bills stays far from the lovebirds flying around their heads.

Birthdays, holidays and rainy and sunny days go by, while, now the five of you, together struggle one day at a time to become a family. You all have a need and strong desire to be a family not only on paper, but where it counts.

Phone call by phone call, e-mail by e-mail, and videoconference by videoconference, you and she are slowly introduced to respective new in-laws. All of the in-laws are happy as long as you and she are happy, and the children have a new set of grandparents whose lives they can enrich.

The new school year begins and a routine family life develops. Early mornings with get-it-n-go breakfasts, preschool, lunch tickets, recorder and T-ball practice and homework are among the agenda items on most days. On other days it’s a blind eye, an index finger to the map, and off we go for a road trip.

A few more road trips go by and Christmas time brings with it never-before-seen mounds of presents stacked around the tree. The new grandmother has demonstrated her handy work by hand-making all of the Barbie® clothes and the doll with shutting eyes for the littlest one. Christmas break is finished and you are delighted to have your living room back under your control and needle-free.

The children return to school for the second quarter of the academic year and the inquisitive ones grades finally begin to reflect her true potential. The quiet son begins to read, EVERYTHING, and the little one practices her nursery rhymes until, while sitting at your desk at work, you find yourself humming to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. You and your bride have settled back into the role of spouse for the second time each. You are both beginning to feel that warm-fuzzy comfort that comes with realizing that you have someone with whom to share all the good and bad that comes into your life together.

The five of you have been woven into a kindred blanket. You’ve become a family.

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