Welcome to my PINK PARTY offering. Some of you have shared such wonderful stories, deep and heart touching. Mine is … not one of those.
I know that love is patient and kind according to 1 Corinthians 13. I also know that Paul included a few more characteristics, even adding some things that love isn’t. Like it’s not envious and it doesn’t boast. Hmmm. So I started off my Love Story on the wrong … well … page.
Sweet Hubby was one of my closest friends. He and his best bud came to my apartment several times each week for lunch. Once he even played hooky from his job to go fishing with us. The three musketeers of a sort.
After he wrote to me several times during the summer, I thought I’d give him a thrill and go out with him when I got back into town.
Yeah, I know – total arrogance. A little on the flaky side, I didn’t really consider my attitude conceited. The blindness of youth! And though I dated many different guys through high school and college, I never saw anyone seriously nor for any period of time longer than a month. So I really did think of the whole thing as a lark.
Enter the envious part. In truth, I’d never really thought of Sweet Hubby as more than friend, and I probably wouldn’t have if there hadn’t been an … episode … with another girl.
I joined he and about twenty other people for student week in Glorietta, New Mexico. Sweet Hubby drove a small truck that toted a trailer with all of our junk. The rest of the students piled into two passenger vans. I thought I might ride with Sweet Hubby. We hadn’t spent much time together in months and I looked forward to taking the long road trip with him.
Only another girl, who shall remain Nameless, beat me to the shotgun seat. The nerve!
During the trip, I listened to rumors about Nameless and Sweet Hubby starting to go out, and how she expected him to start thinking along commitment lines. At the first stop, he and I sat together and discussed the situation. They had seen each other, informally, when he couldn’t find something better to do. But he had no desire to spend extended time with her.
So imagine my shock when we arrived at our destination and Nameless ask ME what I would do in her circumstances: wanting a commitment with a man who wasn’t willing to make one.
Opportunity knocking – LOUD!
But I’m not a monster. Not completely! I told her the entire truth: “If I were you, I wouldn’t be asking me.”
Well, I warned her! She didn’t take my advice though and pressed me. *Shrug*
So I told her to dump the dude. And delighted when he and I walked hand-in-hand through Santa Fe on our first of many dates! And yes, you’ll be happy to know the boasting and envious tendencies ended quick! We celebrated 26 years last December.
So now you know my obnoxious side! Don’t tell anyone, though!
Your Turn: What difficult place has True Love put you in?
Don’t forget to visit the rest of the Heart Bouquets author meet-up. For today, you can get to know Jennifer Fromke at the Write Integrity Press Blog. Traci Hilton shares the Top 5 Romantic Gifts for College Sweethearts. Jennifer Fromke’s blog has the Top 5 Romantic Destinations.