Monday, February 13, 2012

* A Real Life Valentine's Day Love Story.

What's Valentine's Day without a good love story?
Today's post is from my archives but it doesn't mean any less to me today 
than it did when I first wrote it.  Every day is a gift. 

17 years ago, on February 13th, 1995,
I got a phone call in my Virginia dorm room from my mom.

She told me a boy from our church, was recovering from surgery.
It was in our church newsletter and they were asking people to send him
get well cards/notes.

He was the older boy from church, (the one she knew I thought was cute.)

He was the one I started sitting up front to watch every Sunday singing in the choir.

He was the one who played beautiful trumpet solos
in front of the painted scenery I was forever painting for summer VBS plays.

The boy with a head full of curly dark hair and green eyes who made me blush,
but I was never brave enough to actually talk to.

He. had. cancer.
He was only 20 years old.
He had a malignant brain tumor, an anaplastic astrocytoma.

He had just had brain surgery over Christmas vacation
to remove it and was back at school undergoing radiation treatment.

I wrote down his address on a scrap of paper on my desk.
Something told me, a small voice inside my head,
that this was the start of something that would change my life.

I bought a card at the campus bookstore.
I wrote a note inside, something along the lines of,

"You don't know me, but we attend the same church
and we went to rival high schools..."
"I hope you are doing well,
I'm here if you need a friend to talk to." etc.

I put it in the outgoing mailbox, not realizing the date.

The card arrived later that week, it was postmarked February 14, 1995.
He wrote back. (this was before we had email accounts)
We continued writing back and forth for the rest of the school year,
throughout his treatments and recovery.

We became really good friends.
We agreed to meet and hang out when he came back home to Virginia in June.
It was love at first sight. We were both smitten.

We did not know what kind of future awaited us.
We knew we were in love.
We did not know what kind of prognosis he would have.

We knew we were best friends.
We knew we wanted to be together for as long as we could.

We have been married for 13 1/2 years.

We have been together 17 years, since that fateful first lunch date....
and really, if I'm being honest,
he's had my heart since I mailed that first Valentine's Day Get Well card.

He still writes me beautiful love letters.
He still gets an MRI every year to recheck his noggin.
He is still cancer free.

He is my best friend, the father of our two beautiful daughters,
the best daddy in the world, my partner in crime, my one and only valentine.

Happy Valentine's Day my love,
I am my beloved's, and my beloved is mine.



Elissa P. said...

Awwww! I hadn't read this before. I love it! Made me cry.

Sylvie Créative - Créations Ma Déco Maison said...

You are a lovely family!

MaryAnn said...

And he is sooooo cute! (Looking at pictures I can only imagine what he looked like at age 20. Post THAT one!)

What a glorious story -- love blooms for you as a couple each Feb. 14; I think those flowers are perennials and so is the blooming of your love each Valentine's Day.
~ MaryAnn

Ms. Barbara said...

That is an amazing story. Of course, it made me cry. I love hearing stories where relationships begin with admiration, develop into friendships, then move into love. And, "Yay, God, he's remained cancer free." Sounds like you were a big part of his healing process. Blessing to you and your family.

I love reading your blog. Thanks!

Rebecca: said...

That was beautiful. I'm glad he's healthy and that you continue to live happily ever after! :)

Julie said...

This made my day. It's always great to read inspiring stories about real love.

Anonymous said...

now *that* is lovely!

Carla said...

MaryLea...what a beautiful tribute to your love and life together! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day with your family!

The dB family said...

Beautiful post! It made me cry happy tears. Thank you for sharing it with us!


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Jessica Kubit said...

So beautifully written, it made me cry and miss my hubby who is miles away this valentines day. Congrats to your many years together and your adorable, loving family.

Kimberly said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful story!

Carolyn said...

OMG MaryLea, I am a blubbering mess over here! That was so touching! Thank you for sharing this beautiful story as well as presenting it to well! Happy Valentine's Day!

Penny Pinching Parent said...

What a beautiful love story! So glad to have been able to read it!! :o)

Jode said...

Oh my goodness..tears in my eyes when i read this...what a blessing that you both found each other and now have such a beautiful family. Thanks so much for sharing!

Janelle said...

This brought tears to my eyes - God is good.

Cris said...

I read your story long ago. I have read it now and it is still as touchy as before. It is an example to follow. You, your husband and daughters are very lucky to have you each other.
I send you my warmest smile and hug from Spain.

Agnès said...

I've read this story several times now and every time, it puts a smile on my face. THANK YOU for sharing your beautiful story. Wishing you the best :-)

Sabrina said...

What an inspiration your family is! Thank you for sharing your story again. Blessings!

HawaiianLibrarian said...


Raising a Happy Child said...

This is a wonderful story. I am so happy for you. I hope you will have many-many years together.

Busy Mom said...

This was stuck in my inbox, I am so glad I read it and didn't delete. What a beautiful story! I'm so happy for both of you and your beautiful kids!

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