Much to my surprise, John wrote back to me that night, and from there began a flurry of online exchanges, followed shortly by phone calls that lasted for hours into each night, and before long an actual face-to-face meeting.
Some say it was pure coincidence, or some sort of cosmic accident that our paths crossed at this time and in this way, but I know better. We were meant to be together during this stage of our lives. Everything we'd both experienced in the past helped to form us into two people who could merge their lives and create a "happily ever after" that truly is.
There is not a day that I don't think back and feel amazed that God saved such a special man for me, and sent him at a time that I would appreciate all he is. Some days I still expect to wake up and find that it's all a dream. Thru all the ups and downs of day to day existence and worries about the future and getting older, I feel secure in the knowledge that our love will see us thru. At last I know what true contentment feels like, and it feels very good!
I've kept transcripts of those first online messages exchanged. Each year on January 2nd I reread them, and I smile. Not only is my life a testament to how all things work out for the good, it is also a testament to how every choice we make, every action we take, ripples out into the universe like waves upon the water. One small text message sent sailing into cyberspace on January 2nd, 2008 set into action a love story that continues to unfold. How blessed I am!