This story comes from Pat S.
They had been dating for some time. He got kicked out of school for a semester and was forced to return home to work for the family business. He was miserable and even though his family was grooming him to take over the business he knew that was not how he wanted to live his life. He would be returning to school the following semester. During that time they wrote letters to stay in touch with each other. In his last letter before returning to school he wrote, “I have decided what I am going to do with you.” Looking back she just laughs with a twinkle in her eye saying, “That was so typical Chuck. Instead of just waiting to talk to me in person he left me a note with no information.” But at the time, as most girlfriends would do she imagined the worst. “Oh my goodness, I was sure he was going to break up with me.”
As the next semester started they were both accompanied to school by their parents. While the parents were determining what the sleeping arrangements would be and where they would stay, the couple quickly volunteered to find them a motel. As they drove around during the 3 hour hiatus from their parents, she recalls only looking at one motel during that time. At one point they pulled off to the side of the road where she confronted him about his letter, “So, what are you going to do with me?” He turns to her and asks, “Will you marry me?” The hug that followed was easily her most memorable.
He left us 11 years ago and she recalls every detail as if it were yesterday. I was privileged to witness the love between these two and while he was a man of little words, his love spoke volumes.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.