Originally Posted by Chichi
PLEASE, someone please post a wonderful, at-sea love story!!!
Wifey B: A unique love story. Christina is the mother of perhaps our best friend. She was born in Spain
, came to the US for school
, met an American and lived happily ever after with him and her daughter until he died.
When he died, in so many ways so did she. She ran home to daddy in Spain
, became almost a little girl again and was miserable. She even had trouble around her daughter, who she loves so much, as her daughter reminds her so much of her husband. See, her daughter has her father's business acumen and her mother's incredible beauty.
Somehow, her daughter talked her into joining us for a couple of weeks when we were cruising in Alaska
. We were on an 85' boat
which she referred to as a cute little boat. She'd never been on anything under 200'. Yes, her parents were wealthy and that's the world she grew up in.
The first night after she arrived, my hubby walked her up to the flybridge. Now, my hubby is the world's biggest flirt without doing so intentionally. He doesn't realize that compliments after compliments is flirting to the person receiving them. That said, he flirts with young girls and old women
. When he says the things he does though, he truly means them. He told her how beautiful she was and shared what he knew of her from her daughter. He talked to her about how heartbroken he'd be if anything happened to me, but our commitment to each other to go on in life. He told her he now saw where her daughter got her beauty and how irresistably beautiful she was as the sun was setting late at night. He told her that she wasn't being fair to herself or her deceased husband. He asked her what would he want for her and the obvious answer was happiness. He instilled the thoughts in her that while she might never love again as she did him, she could love again. He spoke to her about my belief, and his, that love is infinite, that it doesn't mean she loves her husband less if she finds happiness now. That if he, my husband, found himself on the flybridge falling for this beautiful older lady, it didn't mean he loved me less. He just asked her to enjoy the trip and to try to see herself again as this wonderful lady, beautiful and desirable lady, with a beautiful smile and a cute little giggle even. He said to her that he hoped she wasn't offended by him saying how desirable he found her. He said he guessed it was time they went back in but could he have one kiss. Then he leaned in and kissed her. The first kiss of her life by a man other than her husband. They walked back in arm in arm, both smiling. Her daughter mischievously asking what they did up there, my husband saying a gentleman never tells.
He became the friend she could talk honestly to and she moved to West Palm and has found it within her to live life fully. She immersed herself in the arts and charity as she had been when married in New York
. She made many girlfriends. She occasionally went to dinner and events
. She now has a man friend that she'll probably never marry but they are both widowed and very much enjoy their time with each other.
Maybe on that night she fell a bit in love with my hubby, but mostly she fell in love again with herself and saw herself through my hubby's eyes, much as her husband had seen her. The woman her husband had loved so much now returned and we're all so lucky to know her.
You could see the difference as she experienced Alaska
, the beauty, nature. Christina was aglow once again. The beautiful woman her husband loved so much was back. Carmen had her mom back. Mischievously, she'll still occasionally kiss my hubby right in front of all of us. She said later that the night on the bridge she remembered the first time she met her husband and the man she fell in love with, when all she'd been able to see for two years was the man she buried.