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Love is Like a Three-legged Stool
Dedicated to Lawrence Rynd
Submitted by Lisa
Ten and one half years ago I married my best friend, and that was not the beginning of the story. After a five year courtship and a very romantic proposal, we spent months preparing for our beautiful August wedding on a budget! Yikes those can get pricey!
My father-in-law-to-be called us a couple of months before the big day and asked if we had planned our honeymoon. With what -- our smiles? We reassured him that we have it all under control. He told us that we must come to Yakima on the following day, as he needed to present our wedding gift. Because he seemed so insistent, we quickly made work arrangements and made the three-hour drive. Larry and my mom-in-law-to-be met us in the driveway holding hands as always. They immediately presented us with a 15-day trip to Hawaii! I rarely could afford to travel and never by plane! As I was still in shock, he ushered us into the garden.
He looked at us with grave seriousness and told us that we must know the secret that helped sustain his marriage of 50 years to Vivian.
"Love is like a three legged stool," Larry said. "If one leg is missing the stool will fall. The first leg, of course, is love. You must love each other beyond all else and it must never waiver. The second is respect. Never talk disrespectfully to or about each other as this will show you both in a lesser light. The third, and sometimes the most important, leg is a sense of humor. In your most trying moments, this can be your saving grace."
We went home with happy hearts, a trip to Hawaii, and the world by the tail for the next two days. I was at work, when I received the phone call that my father-in-law-to-be had died in the night of a massive heart attack, missing his golden wedding anniversary by five weeks.
Our wedding was beautiful despite his very conspicuous absence. We departed the following day on the most romantic trip of our lives! I kept a journal and wrote little poems. Every moment was paradise! We now have two children, ages 9 and 6, and have not been able to afford to return to our Hawaiian paradise. We will go back one day and we can hardly wait!
I wonder if my husband is now too sophisticated to stand up on stage again and do the hula at the luau! I cannot believe the dancers were able to get him to follow their lead! Watching him pretend to eat the poi was priceless! I can still fit into my old bikini, so just let us know and I'll pack our bags...maybe I will anyway for good luck! Still sitt'n on my three legged stool... Lisa Lee Rynd