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Long Distance Love

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Dedicated to Russell

Submitted by Dawna

It seems my life was up in the air, I was confused and like all high school graduates I didn't know where to go. College my parents said, but I didn't know what I wanted. Remember the old saying, "be careful what you wish for?"

It was the end of the summer of 1992 and I was making plans for college graduation and the move back to my hometown in Florida. Well 2 weeks before my college graduation I got a call from my doctor giving me the results of my biopsy-it was positive. Well I never made my college graduation and my return home came sooner. But I came away a survivor, and a deep love for my God. I used to pray as a child, then I got older and it became more like begging. I began to pray again, and wished that my knight in shinning armor (so to speak) would come and rescue me. I had just ended a 5-year relationship with not the best person for me. I stayed too long and lost myself. So I took some time off to find...ME!

The turn of the year came in 1994, and along came the dreaded month of February (Valentines Day) all single people loathe this day. It's a bit worse for me because my birthday also is in February, older and single...

Well at this point in my life I was so behind on my student loan payments and bills were collecting, I had no real job. The bill collectors were calling, etc. Five days after my 20 something birthday, I received a phone call from yet another bill collector wanting money for defaulted student loans. Well after I blessed him up and down for what seemed like 30 minutes. He quietly said, "Ma'am, would you kindly shut up." Well, just then, at that very second I knew I would one day marry this man. Well this was the beginning of many phone calls, but this was the only one concerning the defaulted student loans. We fell head over heals in love. We never exchanged pictures, and I didn't care what he looked like. I never in my life had better dates than the phone conversations I had with him. He lived in Atlanta, and I in Florida. We meet 3 months later, sight unseen, we never asked, never cared. Our phone bills were $500-$700 dollars. God I loved talking with him, he made me so hopeful for the future. We meet on a Friday night in Atlanta, and we didn't have anything to say to each other. But we never took our eyes off of each other the whole weekend. I went back to Florida on Sunday night, the next weekend he flew me back to Atlanta to see him graduate from college. I couldn't leave him, he said I should return, but to quit my job, move out of my apartment and leave family and friends behind, because he was coming to get me the next weekend. I left, and was scared but my little voice (GOD) said just do it, it's right. So the next weekend came, and I was now living w/my father on his couch waiting by the window, waiting for him to arrived. Friday night was the longest night I've ever had. Around 1 am, my father kissed me on the head and went to bed in tears. He told me to always follow your heart, and Monday we will get you another job and apartment. Well I fell asleep with my head on the kitchen table, but I never for one second thought he wouldn't show. 2 pm came and along came a beat-up old pick up truck with my soul mate looking awkward behind the wheel. I didn't care where he got that truck, and I've never asked. Well he did move me to Georgia, and we have been together 7 1/2 years and I can't imagine not having him here. God let this man out of heaven so my life could be a better place. We got married a year and a half later, and we planed a big wedding.

My father had a heart attack a month before the wedding and lost his right leg due to circulation difficulties. So we were unable to take a honeymoon because we spent all our money paying for what my father was to pay for. I would love to take my best friend, soul mate and husband to Hawaii. His parents have gone several times, and he keeps the pictures of there vacation. He says, "one day he would take me."

Be careful what you wish for...

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