And then he does the unexpected - sells his house, packs his life into a truck and moves to Portland. Where we will spend Valentine's Day and begin building a life together. All the things friends (and great winged loves) do.
We can't see into the future or know what tomorrow may bring. But sometimes, when we least expect it, there it is - all the things. Wishes granted. Sparkly magic sprinkled on ordinary lives. We're going to grab that and hold it close.
Brian, thank you for being my very best friend and my great love rolled into one adorable truckload of cats and woodworking tools. And for losing that auction 15 years ago. Best cd I ever owned.
A response from today's guest blogger, brian:
I was lucky enough to read Jen's version of this wonderfilled tale prior to penning my own, which allows me some license. Since now you already know what 'really happened' and I can give you my recount, replete with a mildly different perspective. I think, in the end, you may feel like we do, the two are much like one.
The universe has my gratitude as well and there is a lot of it, I have not located the bottom of this gargantuan vat nor do I anticipate doing so, at least during the current century. Like Jen, I've learned a few things about love, enough to know I will continue to learn as time unfolds, good news is that it all just keeps getting better.
Give me your hand, let's walk ....
About 15 years ago I logged into my ebay account and searched for an obscure artist's CD, there was a copy being auctioned which in itself was surprising, but even more surprising to me was that anyone else would even know the artist, much less out-bid me on it. So after losing, I sent a congratulatory message citing my respect for their choice.
As Jen shared with you prior, we developed a fast friendship, a solid friendship quickly, if you will.
At that time I was undergoing the most challenging situation I had ever been faced with, as it was, Jen had experience with a similar issue and put out a massively helpful hand. I decided to take her offered advice verbatim, I emerged from my situation with the desired outcome, in the end what she did was a huge and very meaningful gift to my family.
We kept in touch through the years, there was a warm, gentle flow, a reassuring consistency. Then some more time passed .... and was resolved by another touch .... "it's been a bit, how are things?"
Oh my, how those words changed our lives.
I could never have guessed how things had changed, but they had and it brought me to attentiveness. I decided that this was the PERFECT opportunity to repay this superlative human being for their kindness and compassion. I would help her get to her feet again, just like had been done for me. So the endeavor was launched, with steadfast sincerity.
I am pretty sure this is where the universe became involved, it sat us down and made us quiet, quiet enough for us to see. We did see and more important we heard it with our hearts, the universe was showering us with friend requests, all we had to do was accept. So we did, after much talk we chose to explore this blossoming friendship and that is where you will find us for the next .... eleventy billion years, give or take.
Jen, you are the friend of my dreams, my true love, my Anam Cara. I'd like, if you don't already have plans, to spend all the days walking by your side, hearing your voice and holding your hand? C'mere you.
Thank you, dear reader, for your time and for helping us share this story of love at Valentine's Day. We would love to hear YOUR love story! As lengthy or as short as you want it to be. Post in a comment below, or email your story to email@example.com. A winner will be selected at random by the company of Cat, Kitten and Pooch, Inc. The winner will receive a one-of-a-kind collaborative painting inspired by their own love story and created by Jen and brian. Ready? Set? Go!
Jen Jovan and her imaJENation