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It all began with a love note (standard:romance, 903 words)
Author: GodspenmanAdded: Feb 12 2012Views/Reads: 1617/0Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)
Forty-one years ago, I was a naïve 19-year-old just beginning life's journey. I do not like to brag but I was the poster child for naïveté. I had a few ideas about life but too few to make me a contributing member of the human society. Wh

Forty-one years ago, I was a naïve 19-year-old just beginning life's
journey. I do not like to brag but I was the poster child for naïveté. 
I had a few ideas about life but too few to make me a contributing 
member of the human society. What I knew about life could fit nicely in 
my trouser pocket with plenty of room for a country boy's pocketknife. 

One of the things that I did not know is that a naïve country boy is a
target for a young lady looking to settle down. It is a good thing I 
did not know these things because it is better in some areas of life to 
be caught off guard. If you always have your guard up you are never 
going to see some of the more interesting sights of life. 

It was exactly 41 years ago this month that I was introduced to a very
nice young lady. She smiled at me and I smiled back. Being a courteous 
naïve young man I did not know that smiling back had a different 
meaning to the one receiving the smile than the one giving the smile. 
Ah, that sweet innocence. How I miss it. 

We attended the same Bible College and therefore were in constant
contact with each other. 

Looking back on the whole affair our relationship changed one day when
she slipped me a note as we passed each other in the hall going to 
separate classes. The only note I had ever received in my life came 
from my mother which contained a list of things she wanted me to do "or 
else." Now I was getting a note from this young lady. 

I smiled when she handed it to me but inside I was more frightened than
I have ever been in my entire life. A note, what in the world did she 
want me to do? What did I do that she has to communicate to me in such 
a covert manner? 

My fears were allayed when I opened the note and discovered it was a
"love note." 

For anybody who has received such communication in the past you will
understand quite readily that this completely changed our relationship. 
This was before e-mail, texting, cell phones and Facebook. Back in "the 
day, we had to do all of our communication in person like, 
face-to-face. The only exception was the notorious love notes, of which 
I was being introduced. 

Getting my first "love note" was rather enlightening to me. I had just
seen this young lady in the hallway, and before that we had lunch 
together, and before that we had chapel where we saw each other. 
However, the note that she handed me, this infamous love note, said 
that she, and I quote, "missed me." 

I turned the note over to see if there was any explanation on the back,
but it was blank. I was a little concerned about her when underneath 
her name she put a series of X's and O's. Whether this was some secret 
code I was supposed to know about or whether she had just run out of 
words was beyond my experience at the time. 

As I thought about that note, I wondered, when in the world did she have
time to miss me? What was it she missed? It certainly was not my charm 
because I had not developed that attribute until recently. 

Now I was in a quandary. What do I do? Do I go up to her after class and
apologize for being missed? Do I sit her down and explained to her that 
between seeing each other we had been in different classes in different 
rooms? What do I do with this bit of information? I thought the better 
part of valor was to pretend I knew what she was talking about. 

It was not long before I realized that she was expecting me to
reciprocate and write her a love note. I really did not know what to 
say. If I wrote a note similar to the one she wrote me and said, "I 
miss you," I would be lying. I knew where she was. I knew that after 
the class was over I would see her again. 

It took me a while to realize that the purpose of love notes had nothing
to do with exchanging information. In fact, no love note carries with 
it any sensitive information at all. To this day, I am still not sure 
what a love note really is. 

I began my writing career and although I had hoped to start writing
nonfiction I was writing fictitious notes that had no meaning 
whatsoever. I began writing little love notes to her saying, "I miss 
you, too." I felt a little guilty and somewhat silly, but she looked 
forward to my "missing" her. I'm still a little embarrassed to say that 
it took some time for me to figure out the X's and the O's. 

Now when I hear someone say that X marks the spot a different picture
comes to mind. 

Upon thought, I discovered that God was the first one to write a love
note. "Jehovah appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee 
with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn 
thee" (Jeremiah 31:3 KJV). 

Everything in my life began with God's marvelous love note to me. 


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