there have been so sooo many happy endings noodled into our lives over the years --- they whip through my mind like strobes blinking and bopping, hyper and fleeting - i can barely get one processed before another is right there waiting to illumine itself, and my fingers can’t keep up and capture them all at such a frenetic pace --- in and of themselves they aren’t huge, but taken together they become an immeasurable amount of love and happiness --- because of the chaotic and boisterous way in which they cram themselves in between my ears i’m just grabbing at them the best way i can --- they are all being flirts and vying for my attention as they flit around so capriciously - it’s like they all want to be an only child, ya know??? --- in no particular order, here are the ones who made it successfully through my fingers and into the post - and for every one here, there are many many more, no less important or special, just some that want to be more private and/or didn't make the cut in time!!!
a “ kiss for the cook” after a great meal -
watching the sun begin to set on the beach at the end of a day spent frillicking and jellicking like a pair of seal pups in the water -
savoring the personal inscription in my new books long after all the gifts have been torn open on christmas morning -
waking up together after a snuggled up night and playing silly little games with our feet before the real day horns in -
visiting my sister-in-law and our most special family after church on Christmas Eve -
long drives in the country at summer’s end to oooohhh and aaaahh over the pageant of fall foliage and stumbling across a beaver lodge -
dancing oh-so-close in our flannel pj’s in the kitchen at years end when the ball was dropping in times square and having tears of regret and melancholy gently kissed from my face -
giggling and kissing like a pair of teen agers in the basement of the hospital after a “good” check-up at the cancer clinic, then up to the gift shop to buy another “special” ornament for the christmas tree –
sitting back and enjoying the beauty of our yard after all the spring clean-up and weeding and planting is over –
after waiting for a litter of kittens to be born, watching them grow and learn, tumble-falling all over each other in their quest to become great fierce felines -
my hero’s delight in welcoming treasured and special children and friends every year after he got the wonderful pumpkins carved just so, and then the gargantuan Christmas tree decorated to his satisfaction –
unexpectedly stumbling across great pictures long forgotten and reliving the happiness of the moment they were taken -
snuggling safe and warm into our nest at day’s end with all our love and respect intact, each knowing the other loves unconditionally -
so many of these fantastic specters crash this memory party on such a whim that it’s beyond me to keep up with and record them all --- my biggest and best happy ending was the day MY HERO an I got together for good and for all in may, 1976, and eventually married on 04 july, 1981 (see "HOW I MET MY HERO") and thus “ended” our on again-off again relationship and really began to get on with our lives --- i hafta say that was the fairy tale story of my life, my one big love, and everything else is the fruit of cultivating that wonderful magical love – the rest of the happy endings were an outgrowth of that cinderella and her prince as they lived out their enchanted love ---
picture - kim anderson's sweethearts - "first kiss"