|Looking Back (standard:Inspirational stories, 3806 words)|
|Author: Ester||Added: Mar 24 2003||Views/Reads: 1859/1172||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|On her first anniversary, a young lady looks back at how it all began.|
LOOKING BACK By Ester “David and Bonnie have been married one year today.” As the pastor made the announcement, my mind began to look back. It was really hard to imagine that a whole year had gone by. It seemed like yesterday that I had walked down the isle in a beautiful gown at our modernly old fashioned church to marry the man of my dreams. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ David was three years older. For one year, as a freshman, I saw him every day at high school. He was a senior, quarterback of the football team, a serious student, a little better-than-average in looks, and friendly to everyone. Most seniors would never condescend to speak with anyone below junior status, but not David. He was kind, considerate and social with everyone. I wondered what made him different from most seniors; well, from most people in general. Just before Christmas, Janie and I were looking at a poster announcing a Christmas play at the local community center. David stopped and encouraged us to come, that we would really enjoy it. He didn't mention that he had a leading part and that it was actually a production by his church youth group. They didn't have a stage, so they used the community center. The Senior Players of the community became their ‘crowd' and ‘extras' and thus it became a true community play. Everyone was thrilled with the joint venture. That's how he was able to get the poster put up on a school bulletin board. Would we decline to go to a community event sanctioned by one of the popular guys, I don't think so! In fact, almost half the school showed up at one of the three performances. Being a church group and a Christmas theme, it was also religious. The secular side of the holiday was hardly mentioned! Did that make it dull? Not at all. It did, however, give some insight to the deeper side of my heart throb. It also left me with a few serious thoughts about God. The year passed and I had to face the fact that ‘my guy' would not be around any more after graduation. I decided that I would have to concentrate on my studies since no one else would even come close to his standard. It never occurred to me that because he was a Christian (which later I understood was why he was so different inside), he could not seriously consider being closer than friends with a very lost girl, much less one three years younger. At that age three years is almost a life time and I would not have understood why his being a Christian and me not would matter so much. My sophomore year rolled around and I developed a close group of friends. We wanted to try out and experience things. We had no idea that we were playing with fire and could be burned; we just wanted to have ‘fun' like everyone else. I decided to get a job as Christmas help at a local department store. Imagine my surprise, and thrill, to find out that David also worked there in the sports/tools departments as permanent part-time while going to the local junior college. After two years there he would transfer to a four-year college elsewhere. For now, though, I was back in touch with David. I was a good worker, but I put in some extra effort because of him. Due to my good work, I was asked to stay on after Christmas. Of course, I said yes. I didn't see David a lot, but we spoke and said ‘hello' several times a week. A couple times a year the store had a week of employee meetings about, work ethics, drug use, personal habits, etc. It was always the same, basic common sense stuff to me, but I knew other employees who had not had good habits and character traits drilled into them by parents who needed these classes. David and I ended up in the same group for this series of classes. We talked a number of times and really got to know each other better. The first time we talked long, he asked me where I went to church. In my mind it was an odd question. I went because it was the right thing to do for all good families. He seemed to really love his church and the people there. Strange! Toward the end of the week he told me about a youth night his church was having and invited me and my friends to come. It wasn't a date, but I chose to take it as a personal invitation. I insisted that my ‘clan' come with me. We were pleasantly surprised at the great music we heard before entering the gym. Their church had just finished it as a multi=purpose building. There was a live band and singers on stage! Looking closer, I recognized a couple of other guys from school in the group and several more fellow students in the crowd. Refreshments were aplenty Click here to read the rest of this story (261 more lines)
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