New Year’s Eve ~ 1977. She was a free spirit. He was just beginning to make his mark on the world. It was their first party together, the first time many of their friends and family would all be meeting each other. He caught her nervous fidget from the corner of his eye and reached for her hand. An easy familiarity had begun to grow between them.
Mother’s Day ~ 1987. She proudly wore the bracelet the girls had cajoled Dad into splurging on that year. He clasped her hand with warm confidence as they left the restaurant. They were on their way to catch the sunset before heading off to the symphony that night. That easy familiarity between them had long since given way to an unbreakable bond.
Valentine’s Day ~ 2017. They don’t stand much on ceremony these days. So, the Tiffany’s bracelet he’d given her 20 years ago today is the perfect accessory for their date tonight. They both appreciate the little things in life now, especially the grandchildren they’ve been blessed with. She was once a free spirit, but she’s so much more today. He’s done his fair share (and then some) for this world.
Their story is far from over. Indeed, that unbreakable bond they grew, that familiarity grown from a simple touch of their hands all those years ago, has truly stood the test of time. ❧