Ever after, part 2.

October 9, 2016 § 8 Comments

old-coupleFalling in love young?

Easy.

As irresistible as gravity.

And with luck, kindness, and effort, something lasting follows.

But some never form an enduring partnership when they are young.

Others lose that best friend to death.

In both cases, there is a vacancy, a hollow place in the heart that aches to be filled.

But with age, the one about to swan dive usually pauses to consider the depth of the water.

Falling in love later in life is more clear-eyed, and more complicated.

Two fully-formed human beings face each other, each towing a lifetime of baggage and assets: children, grandchildren, memories, mistakes, dreams.

They come together asking, “Will you take me, complete with road wear, a history that does not include you, annoying habits, medical issues, and a lifetime of accumulated stuff?

“Will you take me as-is? Say yes, and my veteran heart will love you for the time we have left. Our stories will be fewer, the blaze of passion less incendiary but just as warm.

“I offer you a self I have made through years and years of effort, a self worth embracing with your mind as well as your body.

“What do you say?

“Knowing our wings may have outlived their warranty, do you still have it in you to step off this cliff?”

The surprise is not how often the answer is yes, but how those battered wings, beating hard, can still achieve flight.

A good life can be lived solo, but for most, a slow-burning, long-enduring love is the place we call home.

 

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