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Second Chance Love

Mom Needs a Man
Dedicated to Jessica

Submitted by Anet

I had been divorced for five years and had not attempted to date since I had my hands full with two teenagers, a career, school, and a disruptive ex-husband. My youngest daughter, Jessica, had told me several times that I just "had to find a man" because she would be leaving home within the next two years for college. My oldest daughter had already gone off to college, and Jessica didn't want me to be alone. We were at a reception for the christening of my brother and sister-in-law's boat, Integrity, in September 1998. There were many extended family members there whom I hadn't seen for some time. Unbeknownst to me, Jessica was going around asking them all if they knew of any single men for her mother. In fact, I was going to dinner with a recently divorced cousin after the reception, and Jessica suggested that my cousin take me somewhere where I might meet a man. One aunt and uncle stated that they knew of a man who had recently lost his wife to cancer and had worked with my uncle at Boeing at one time. He had asked them several times if they knew of any single women. They had never thought of me because they said I was always so busy with work, school, church,and parenting, and now a Colombian exchange student. Jessica persisted and by the following week, they had set me up with a dinner date with Larry. They accompanied us as well. We found out immediately that we shared the same religious faith. We saw each other every 3-4 days. At first, it was somewhat awkward; I had to get orthotic shoes--a blow to my ego, but he helped me pick them out. He wanted me to take the sleeves off a jacket and make it into a vest. I wasn't sure where this relationship was leading, so I had him put my new barbeque together. He helped me at my Kiwanis fundraiser, and I realized how community and family-oriented he really was. He wanted clarification as to what I was looking for: companionship or a relationship leading to marriage. We were both on the same wave length there. My daughter, my exchange student and I took a trip to Hawaii over the Thanksgiving holidays. I hadn't been there for over 20 years and it was Jessica's and Lina's first time to Hawaii. We stopped in Honolulu the first night before going on to the Big Island. We took off our shoes and walked on the beach, jumping the waves and getting soaked. The moon was shimmering on the water and the sand sparkled with a backdrop of lights and music from downtown Honolulu. It was then that I realized how much I really cared for Larry and wished he had come with me. Don't get me wrong, I had a wonderful time with my girls but the romanticism of Hawaii is engaging and makes you explore your soul. I called him and told him that he and I would someday have to come to Hawaii for a romantic holiday. Jessica has even picked out the hotel on the Big Island. We will be married on July 29, 2000, and it proves that there is always an opportunity for a second chance in love, especially with the help of your teenager!

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