Romance comes in all shapes and sizes.
Love does what it wishes and will not be confined to our formulae nor our fences.
The Hollywood slander is that only the young and beautiful fall in love, that somehow the plain and the aged are outside the bounds of this most wonderful experience in life. It’s a lie, of course, as is so much of what Hollywood peddles.
I’ve just finished David McCullough’s account of the settling of Ohio when it was the “far west” in the American experience. The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West is a slow read, one I had to make myself stay with. Scattered throughout the story, however, were delightful episodes, worth the effort of reading the book.
Ephraim Cutler (1767-1853), one of the earliest settlers and a champion for a hundred reasons, was widowed at the age of 40. The death of his wife left him with four small children. Interestingly, however, before her death, Leah chose Ephraim’s next wife. We will let McCullough tell the story…