October Breast Cancer Awareness Month Daily Blog Day 23 – B’Shert
The Actual Dance is a play that presents the events of the year 2000 from the point of view of the spouse of the woman going through breast cancer. From diagnosis to her life as a survivor, Susan Simon, my wife has endured. An unlikely survivor. The Actual Dance is the story of that experience from my perch. The husband. This the 4th year of my October daily blogs, my focus is a bit more on myself
first time I ever noticed Susan. We hadn’t met yet.” The Actual Dance
Day 23: B’Shert. Meant-to-be. “I remember the first time I ever noticed Susan. We hadn’t met yet.” The Actual Dance
A good time to take a break from the unfolding story of me getting ready to be with Susan in what seems like a story without a good ending to talk a little bit about “us”.
In the play I tell the story of how Susan and I noticed each other at a B’nai B’rith Youth Organization convention in 1961 in Texarkana, Texas. We just made googly-eyes at each other but never talked. Then three years later Susan ends-up going to College in El Paso at Texas Western College and I am still living at home and I am going to Texas Western.
It turns out that Susan starts dating a guy named Steve and I a girl named Jane. On a “double date” over to Juarez one night probably in 1964 we end up switching --- Jane is in the front seat with Steve and Susan in the back seat with me on the way back from Juarez.
In the play I say: “It didn’t take us very long to fall in love” and then “In 1965 we decided to we wanted to get married.”
As I sit back and reflect on what is now a journey of 54 years since that first date, I believe that some things are in fact destined to happen. Some force outside of what we as humans can fully understand can bring people together for a purpose. The Yiddish phrase is “B’shert” Meant to be.
I do think that Susan and Sam were meant-to-be and that the unfolding story of our lives is a sacred journey.
Stat of the Day: There are about 6,200 wedding a day in the United States with the average age of the bride being 25.3 years and the average age of the groom being 26.9 years. Source
Task of the Day: Say “I love you” to your spouse. “I love you simply awakens the US in you and me.”
Resource of the Day: Okay—I have given this link before – it isn’t quite what I’m talking about and yet it will make your day. What Love Really Means by JJ Heller.
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