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“More Love Stories”

Sunday, February 12, 2017

               “The point of being human is to get better (and better) at caritas, at agape, at love.” (Rev. Kate Braestrup)

               Like my street corner philosopher friend, we go on with “more strength than we know.”

… Moments of connection may include trepidation or be awkward.  I think of a short story that offers an image, a parable, and a window that in some strange way speaks to me.

It is about tenderness and intimacy, about anticipation, about youthfulness, and about uncertainty about love and its joys and trials.  Dorothy Parker offers this dialogue from a newly married couple:

   "Well!" the young man said.

   "Well!" she said.

   "Well, here we are," he said.

   "Here we are," she said.  "Aren't we?"

   "I should say we are," he said.   "Eeyop.  Here we are."

   "Well!"  she said.

   "Well!" he said.  "Well, how does it feel to be an old married lady?"

"Oh, it's too soon to ask me that," she said.  "At least – I mean.  Well, I mean, goodness, we've only been married about three hours, haven't we?"

The young man studied his wristwatch as if he were just acquiring the knack of reading time. "We have been married," he said, "exactly two hours and twenty-six minutes."

"My," she said.  "It seems like longer."

"No," he said, "It isn't hardly half past six yet."

"It seems like later," she said.  "I guess it's because it starts getting dark so early."

"It does, at that," he said.  "The nights are going to be pretty long from now on.  I mean.   I mean – well, it starts getting dark early." (From Indiscreet Journeys, Farber and Farber)

Sometimes, the heart is full, yet the right word escapes us, but spirit blesses anyway….

                                                                    Rev. Bruce Southworth   

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Last Published: March 16, 2017 10:06 PM