Brief Instant

19 years ago, in a brief instant, I met the man I was destined to marry. Tall, blond, handsome, shy - he reached forward to shake my hand while his father introduced us. I don't remember his father's words, only the electricity when our hands met and I held my future husband's hand for just a beat longer. 

I will always be grateful to your father for bringing you into that room full of college students, and introducing you to each one of us individually. 

I love you, Patrick, my darling. You opened my heart to the possibility of "a future that is not fixed", that each day is a new day, and together, we have finally learned to believe!

-Beverly Van Pelt, April 26, 2015

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