Twenty Seven Years

J & C Temple25 years ago

Today, the Feast of Stephen, is also our wedding anniversary.  Old friends of Carolyn happened to be my flight students at Montair Flight Service in Vermont, and they told her that she just HAD to meet their flight instructor.  “Right,” she said, “I remember the other guys you set me up with.”  We had both been alone for many years, and had pretty much given up on relationships.  We had built happy, busy and satisfying lives for ourselves–she in Boston, me in Vermont–as single people.    But that day in January of 1987  when she accompanied her friends to Burlington for a flight lesson, we both felt something akin to an electric shock when we saw each other.   That incredible moment gave the truth to this marvelous poem of Rumi:

“The minute I heard my first love story,
I started looking for you, not knowing
how blind that was.
Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.
They’re in each other all along.”

And that moment has not only lasted, but expanded into undreamed of dimensions. Each morning my mind fills with wonder and my heart with joy as my eyes rest on the wondrous being with whom I share my life.

twenty seven years

blessings beyond imagining

each day a new joy 

7 thoughts on “Twenty Seven Years

  1. John Dougill

    How wonderfully enhancing. Flying high ever since, one might say. Congratulations! Though I could never manage such an intimate relationship myself with another being, I feel much the same way about living in Japan after twenty-five years!

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    1. jhanagan2014 Post author

      Thank you, John. I can’t fathom the luck I have had in finding Carolyn, and following her lead toward intimacy. Also, I understand your love affair with Kyoto: every day a new joy. This also raises for me the question of the importance of place and the “fit” one feels with the genius loci.

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