While it’s true that I’ve always been a dreamer, I’ve always been an observer, too, and I like watching people. Seeing two people in love is uplifting and inspiring whether it’s a couple who have recently come together, ones who have been together for a while, or those who have been together for decades. The long-marrieds are my favorites because they have been through some tough times but have stayed together. For many, this is a conscious choice they probably had to make over and over again. Making that choice is a courageous thing to do.
Recently, a long time friend of mine passed away, leaving her husband of more than forty years, her children and grandchildren, to mourn her. She was an elementary school teacher for many years, an exceptional one who inspired her students to do better than they ever thought they could. She was also very funny. The hardest I’ve ever laughed in my life was while hearing her tell the story of the day her youngest son was born and the arguments she had with the hospital staff about whether or not she was really in labor. This was her fifth child so she knew what was happening and the sudden appearance of her baby boy finally ended the disagreement.
She and her husband were two of those with a special bond forged in good times and bad. While he and their family mourn, they will also remember her forever. In my opinion, that’s the whole reason for love – to be remembered.
Patricia Forsythe is the author of more than thirty romances. Her first Harlequin Heartwarming is Her Lone Cowboy, available in June 2015.