LETTER: Reader shares several ‘love stories’ observed from her window

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[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:]

I want to share a love story, actually several love stories all observed just by looking out my window. I’m having a cup of coffee and looking out at the beautiful fall leaves changing and waxing sentimental.

There is a lovely woman who works on my block. She is a local server and has a smile that would light up a room. She makes a point to wave and say hello wherever I see her, whether at work or on a walk She walks her teenage daughter in a special wheelchair. I don’t know how much the daughter and chair weigh must but I know I would be challenged to be able to push it. You can tell she has been doing this for years and has worked up to the task. The daughter is happy to be out seeing the neighborhood and the mother proud to be able to bring this joy to her. The love between the two is palpable. They are a reminder to me of gratitude for the love of family.

There is a kind gentlemen on my block who has an aging dog. The dog is a basset hound and moves slowly. This gentle soul takes his dog on a walk several times a day and truly lets the dog go at it’s own pace. I know if I was walking this dog, I would likely be trying to encourage it to move along, but he doesn’t. He let’s the elderly dog experience everything it wants to whether it’s sniffing, staring, sitting, or stopping to look around. It’s really a sweet love story between the two and I like seeing them. They are a reminder to me to stop, take a deep breath and live in the moment.

Every day around 3 p.m. a lovely couple arrives on my block. Each day he helps her from the car and takes her in a local establishment and buys her a drink and appetizer. Her health is failing and he helps her to any degree that she needs. She looks at him with pure love and trust and it is an honorable thing to witness. I always know the progress of the afternoon when I see their car. Lately they have been arriving a little slower, parking a little closer and she has been needing more assistance in the form of support. He has lovingly helped her each day. Last week I noticed twice he arrived alone. I saw him yesterday and inquired and he let me know she “has spread her angel wings to join her son in heaven”. We both had tear filled eyes as he shared his love story with me. I cherish my memory of them as a couple and think of them as a reminder that growing old together is a privilege denied to many.

Take a minute to look around and I’ll bet you will see the untold love stories in your life.

Suzanne Greive

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