The Rest of The Story

“… it’s a blessed thing to love and feel loved in return.”
― E.A. Bucchianeri, Brushstrokes of a Gadfly

Today I’m adding to my story from yesterday. I think it will make you chuckle.

It wasn’t long ago I learned one important detail about the blind date scenario I shared with you yesterday. When the backstory was revealed, I had to smile. It was so typical of my life and so characteristic of Michael and Sue.

Sue, our matchmaker friend you met yesterday, had been trying to get Michael to call me for as long as she’d been trying to get me to accept his call. The little detail Sue did not tell me was Michael had been asking her out. As she tried to sell him on me, he insisted he was not interested in some other girl in Denver, he was interested in her. As time and life moved on and lives evolved, Sue told Michael she’d made some important decisions. She was moving to Michigan and getting married. After sharing her plans, she told Michael she’d talked with me and I’d agreed to talk with him after I returned from vacation. Hearing Sue was planning her wedding, Michael recovered with the indestructible spirit of a true salesman, agreeing to call me.

While I was at my reunion, Michael was scuba diving in Roatan. Although our experiences were very different, we both returned to Denver ready to take the risks needed in order to move on with our lives.

As far as that lunch date, Michael clearly heard DeeDee call out “5” as she talked with me. Here I thought I was being so clever! I was busted before I even met him. He was surprised he only rated a “5” but never thought twice about it–he knew he was far more than a mediocre “5.”

Over the years, Michael’s taught me there are many more important things than work. He opened my eyes to the fact that the world was ours to explore. We did that and we are looking forward to exploring much more. I conquered my fear of heights, flying with him in hot air balloons. I’d always loved the water but discovered the ocean was a scary force for me as I worked to learn to scuba dive. Passing my open water exams was like climbing a mountain for me. With him by my side, I conquered that, realizing I could do whatever I set my mind to do.

I made another discovery as I copied the picture for today’s story. The attached photo is probably from our first Children’s Cardiology Christmas party. I noticed today that our table number was–yup– you’re right–table number 5.

“Is this how it goes? You fall in love, and nothing seems truly scary anymore, and life is one big possibility?”
Jenny Han, Always and Forever, Lara Jean

I am…

B…simply being…

Love Y’all.



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