By Jamie O
The date and time I chose for the star map was very special for many reasons.
It was our first date, we were celebrating his achievement of getting his G.E.D, and it signifies the day I reopened my wounded heart after a tragedy.
My late husband was everything I wanted and our relationship was strong and beautiful. When he died it was like half of myself had died as well. I thought that I wouldn't know a love like that until I was reunited with him in heaven. Then I met Michael.
Michael had quit high school to help his disabled parents care for his ill grandparents. His income at 17 years old had been the only income in a household of five people. After his grandparents passed and his mother's health had worsened he continued working. He hadn't had the opportunity to complete his G.E.D. and eventually just put that thought on the back burner. When he and I became friends we talked about the hope's for the future, our sorrows, and encouraged each other to move forward in our lives. A few months into our friendship he took the course and passed his G.E.D test.
I wanted to take him out to celebrate! I worked until 9 p.m so I asked him to meet me at a Texas Coral for some fried pickles. We sat in the restaurant talking and laughing for 2 hours only ordering the pickles and a brownie alamode. We decided that the wait staff must think we're crazy but didn't want to end the evening, so we went to a local beach. We walked in the sand talking, learning about each other.
At first, because of my grief, I missed it but on the beach there it was! That spark, the feeling you get deep down in your gut when you've met someone who will change your life forever. I saw him! This patient, kind-hearted, handsome gentleman and like magic my heart fluttered with hope.
We took things slowly but fell madly in love. He is my daughter's best friend and we couldn't be happier. I can't wait to give him this star map on our wedding day this July 20th. I know he'll love it just as much as I do.