But her life took an unexpected turn right about then, as life has been known to do. She set her dreams aside to follow a prophet, and to marry a madman. She traveled across the ocean on an airplane as a military wife rather than as a nurse on the good ship Hope. The children she cared for were two of her own.
When they were grown and had gone off on their own adventures, she realized that her life had been nothing like what she expected, and yet she wouldn't trade it, or them, for anything.
She grew old and found fulfillment in ways she had never considered, and contentment far beyond what she had thought possible. In the end she decided life was all about taking it as it comes, and that we really have very little control over how it happens.
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