Tuesday, February 08, 2011
HOW DOES COURTSHIP LAST
I waited at the airport terminal for him to exit the plane. We embraced and together collected his luggage. He opened his suitcase and pulled out a crinkled brown bag that was somewhat damp. "This is for you" he said and I reluctantly took this strange gift, opening it to discover a small bouquet of roses, carefully packed and looking as fresh as the moment he cut them for me.
Our courtship included lots of presents. He showered me with poetry books by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and other favorites. He bought me several pieces of lovely jewelry. The first Valentines Day after we met, he sent a huge bouquet of roses to me at work. It was a thrill to display them on my desk for people to admire and inquire...and envy:) He showered me with gifts just the way women always hope a man will do.
While he was giving me those gifts and entertaining me with laughter and excitement, he was preparing a lifetime of gifts by listening. After our marriage the glittery gifts faded away to be replaced with a new type of gift. Ron hears and remembers my wishes and makes my dreams come true.
(Okay, some of you might remember the Case backhoe he gave me one Valentine's Day, but it was used for making my dreams come true so it was a good present and it was accompanied by flowers and candy. LOL)