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Deda BS: How did you meet? When did you KNOW? (132* d) RE: BS: How did you meet? When did you KNOW? 28 Jul 03

A little over nine years ago my friend Mary wrote me a wonderful rhyming letter asking me to come visit her and her then-mate, Larry, at their ranch on the western slope of Colorado, near Paonia, for the 4th of July weekend. She said that a friend of Larry's was going to be there and she thought I'd like him. So I rented a car and made the 5-hour drive to Crawford, Co, to a ranch with a fabulous view of mountains and rock formations and the grand mesa. Larry's old pal, David, was then living in Morgantown, WVa, and when Larry had called to invite him, David had said, No, he couldn't come. Larry had pleaded and cajoled, and David said No. Larry offered to pay the plane fare, David said No. Larry said, "Mary has a friend she'd like you to meet." David says that he meant to say "no", but he opened his mouth and "Yes" came out.
So there we both were and when I first saw him I thought he was very handsome (he still is). He reminded me of the Chelminski brothers, a family of dashing fellows who lived in the town where I grew up. And the four of us together (Mary, Larry, David and I) just had a long weekend of laughing, singing, hiking, laughing, eating Mary's fabulous cooking, and laughing.
When I drove away, David says he felt immediately homesick. A month later he came to visit me in Maine, where I used to go in August (a long, sad story). He stayed a week, and we were unofficially engaged by the end of it. But he was still living in WVa and I was in Boulder. We talked every day, visited back and forth. The following summer he moved to Boulder with all his worldly goods, and the summer after that we had a fabulous wedding, with Amos presiding. We just celebrated our 7th anniversary a couple of weeks ago.
Even though we had each gone through our own slightly off-beat spiritual paths, the thing that we started doing together during that visit in Maine, and that we've done all along, was pray. He says we pray to the same God -- which is an all-inclusive, all-loving energy. We pray together almost every night before we go to sleep. We never go to any kind of services, and we very rarely read any spiritual or religious books together, but we have a daily ritual which keeps us on the same page. That isn't to say that everything is always perfect; I'm a slob and he's a neatnik, I'm very family-oriented and he isn't. But we are very, very happy together. And I'm constantly grateful that we came together. And Mary knows that I'll be in debt to her until pigs fly and hell freezes over.

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