A For Real Romantic Tale

The bride has been in our life since she was 16. An abused child, she ran away from home and we took her in. By the time she was 18, she and our youngest son had fallen in love and married. Two sons came from that union--the young men in the photo.

Unfortunately, the love and the marriage didn't last. Deb had hard times and made some poor choices. We raised both boys for awhile, during grammar school years. The eldest went back home. We had the youngest until he was 20.

In the meantime, Deb's best friend died tragically. She and the widower mourned together. The inevitable happened, love and finally followed by the wedding we enjoyed on Sunday.

There is far more to the story of course, Deb married another time and had a daughter. That husband just couldn't stay away from the booze and the drugs. Life was tough for a long while. Deb supported herself and her family by working as a waitress in the same restaurant for years. The same restaurant where the reception was held yesterday.

Her story would make a great Lifetime movie.

My prayer is that this will be a and they lived happily ever after ending.

a.k.a. F. M. Meredith


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