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Love is Sweet
Dedicated to My First and Only Love
Submitted by Anonymous
My older sister, Elise, always said she paved the way for me, And she has. She convinced my parents to let me wear lipstick and high heels at age 13, and she found the house that my husband and I presently own. But her greatest achievement, was finding my wonderful husband, Jerry.
When Elise was 19 and I was 15 years old, Elise met her husband-to be, Jack. She would often bring her fiancé to traditional Friday dinners at my parents'home. Jack enjoyed the dinners so much, that he figured why should his cousin miss out. So shortly, thereafter, cousin Jerry came along and I was smitten… right from the beginning.
Since I was in high school and Jerry was in college, the age difference seemed tremendous. Jerry befriended me, not as a date, but rather as a little sister. When I turned 16, he attended my "sweet sixteen" birthday bash and gave me a soft, fluffy stuffed angora kitten.
When, I enrolled in the University of Miami, Jerry took me through registration, so it wouldn't be so overwhelming. As the years rolled on, we each dated, and eventually became engaged---but not to each other.
As luck would have it, we both broke off our engagements and I started moping around the house. Naturally, Elise intervened and unbeknownst to me, she had a nice long visit with cousin Jerry and subtly suggested he take me out. I was now a senior in college.
The month was November. We were engaged in February and married in July. When Elise does a job, she does it well.
We have been married for 45 fantastic years, have 2 lovely children, and 4 adorable grandchildren. Jack and Jerry became not only first cousins, but brothers-in-law and partners in business.
I'm still smitten with my first love. What a thrill it would be to take him on a romantic, idyllic, fabled island getaway…Hawaii, where the air is filled with romance and the spirit of Aloha. Azure- blue seas, sun-kissed beaches, snow-capped mountains, plunging waterfalls, tropical gardens, all create the intoxicating allure of this island paradise. There is no place on earth like it.
I hope I can continue to shower Jerry with the love he so richly deserves, for many more years, but I know I'd be able to do it better in Hawaii.
By the way, I still own that angora kitten: the only reminder of that "sweet sixteen" party so long ago. Do you believe in fate?