Chance of a lifetime
We spent part of every day together for
the next week. I knew I was falling in love, but dared not speak
it. I couldn't upset our chances for a lifetime.
" And I know he loves me, too,"
l moaned to Stacy over a cup of coffee in my near-empty restaurant.
"We've even talked about trying to get together over holidays.
He's meeting me here soon to bring me a gift to remember him by."
Just then, Bary strolled in. I stood to welcome
his arms around me. We sat, sipping our coffee. "I will miss
you so much, "he said softly. "But I know you'll think
of me whenever you hear this. "He placed a Tracy Chapman CD
on the table in front of me. Then he pointed to the song title,
Just Give Me One Reason. "We can listen to the same music and
remember each other."
"Oh, and one more thing to remember
me by." He set a small box on top of the CD. The same awe I
felt at our first meeting paralyzed me now. The love I saw in his
eyes as we gazed across the table was gift enough for a lifetime.
Finally I reached for the box and opened it slowly. A diamond ring!
"Michelle, I have loved you from the
first moment I saw you. On our first date, even before we had coffee,
l knew you were the woman I was going to marry. I woke up this morning,
desperate, thinking, it's May 3! In three days I'll lose my angel.
Sure, my career in South Africa is a chance in a lifetime, but you,
Michelle, are my dream come true. Please marry me."
"Yes, Barry, yes, "I cried. "
I know what moving to New York means to you,
but will you come with me to South Africa? I believe with all my
heart, Michelle, that we were brought together on purpose. Nothing
in my life is going as I planned it, but l know it's all a part
of a bigger plan." Barry chuckled. "God has a great sense
of humor, but a poor sense of timing."
Exactly one year later, on May 3, we were
married under an African sky. Our dream come true. Our chance of