Thursday, February 14, 2008

my heart




12 years ago i was leaving my marriage. john and i had been together since we were teenagers. and married 26 years.
i was working in a cafe and had the early morning shift. i arrived one morning and found a cap that had been left in the cafe the night before. i picked it up and smelled it. i know - an odd thing to do. moments later keith arrived to pick up his hat on his way to work. he bought a steamed milk and says he remembers the heat from my hand when i handed him his change. keith had lived all his life in corner brook but our paths had never crossed. 4 months later i was single and unsteadily reeling in my new life. 5 weeks after my separation, keith came back into the cafe. 2 weeks later we were together. we appeared to be an unlikely match. we took it a day at a time. and it works. keith holds my heart tenderly. as i hold his.

6 comments:

Robyn said...

a beautiful valentine! you are both so lucky to have found each other.

Anonymous said...

Happy valentines day to you both. I can't tell you how much I enjoy your gentle stories from Newfoundland.Thanks,
Heidi
http://thewoolworks.blogspot.com

island sweet said...

thank you for your sweet words heidi.

XUE said...

Hi Shawn, a lovely story. I met my German husband while we were both working overseas. Then he was being posted to NY & I was offered a great job with big salary. I went to him to NYC because money can be earned/borrowed, a good man may never come along again. It's been 17 yrs & 2 kids. Also, he knows a lot about computer stuff & set up my blog & Etsy! - so I love him even more :)

bluebird of paradise said...

a lovely valentine story!

Brenda Stratton said...

So what you are saying, is that you were single for a total of seven weeks (after 26 years of marriage) before you met Keith. Clearly Shawn this was meant to be. I think it was wonderful that you shared that story and just as wonderful that it prompted someone to do the same. b