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Love in the Afternoon
Dedicated to my Ed
Submitted by Priscilla
She was divorced four years after a 26-year marriage. Healing had been a long, painful process. She loved her life now and had no intention of ever marrying again.
He was retired, age 64, and had been widowed for 18 years. He had been single a long time and had no intention of ever marrying again.
They started talking on the Internet in December of 1997. He posted frequently on the seniornet boards. Her computer was new. She was fascinated with the Internet and seniornet boards and had been reading his comments for two months. She liked what he had to say and the way he said it.
In late December, she emailed him and said she liked his comments. If he would like an online friend to chat with on occasion, she would be open to that. Emails during January became more frequent. Both were intrigued by the other, their life experiences, and their mutual love of travel. He spoke frequently about his trip to Hawaii.
"I'd love you to see it," he said.
Late in January, he asked for her phone number. Conversations were wonderful and increased in frequency and length. She was enchanted with his voice; he with her laugh. February came. He was going to Florida for a week.
"May I come to your city on my way back and take you to dinner?" he asked.
"Sure," she said, thinking that would be uninvolved, since they lived 350 miles apart.
On Valentine's Day 1998, he arrived at her front door with red roses and a box of Godiva dark chocolates (her very favorites she had told him once). They went to dinner and talked very late into the evening. In the wee hours of the morning, he went back to his hotel. She went to bed. Neither of them slept much.
He returned for breakfast the next morning. They talked nonstop for seven hours. During the next two weeks they talked every day.
When he returned in two weeks he said, "I know what I want. I want to marry you. But take as much time as you need to be sure. I know you have been hurt."
They saw each other as much as possible through March and April. At Easter, she went to his city to meet his family and friends. She told him she was ready to make a commitment. She was scared, but it really felt right. They married in October 1998 in his home city and bought a new home together. She retired in January of 1999 and they moved to their new home. She had no children. His kids love her. They love their lives.....they have so much fun together. They travel as often as possible. It is their dream to go to Hawaii together as soon as they can. They tell their friends that love in the afternoon of life is a wonderful thing!