Sunday, June 13, 2010

"One of My Favorite 'It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over' Examples"

While it always saddens me when my virtual life is neglected, I can't mourn it too much when the neglect stems from a flurry of activity in my here-and-now life.  That is to say:  we have visitors this weekend, as we did last weekend.

This time, our pals Virginia and Kirsten are visiting from southern Minnesota. They are married. They are gooey in love. Virginia is 74. Kirsten is 38.

They serve as a reminder to anyone despairing at the state of his/her existence that life, in any given moment, isn't necessarily all that it will ever be. Just hanging in there--doing things like traveling with an acting troupe, volunteering in Madagascar, going to college, battling cancer--is often exactly what paves the way for the bright, hoped-for happy ending (which, as for all of us, will end with a fade to black).

That's what Virginia and Kirsten did before they met. They got on with things, tra-la-la-ing here, dithering there, slurping mangoes while standing at the sink, meeting friends at the coffee house, tooting around, ministering to parents, shoring up friends, eating at Applebee's.

Then they met. Their fingers touched as they sat next to each other in a darkened theater.

Some months later, there was a wedding. To finance that big show, Kirsten sold her beloved motorcycle.

A few weeks ago, now a couple of years into their gig, guess what Kirsten went out and bought?


Because it is stormy this weekend, and because they were bringing us a huge suitcase (along with ninety-twelve other delightful things), and because Virginia's new chaps haven't arrived yet,
they drove their car and left the bike at home.


However, these photos make evident that, at age 74, after months of chemo for her third go-round with cancer (the chemo's not beating it, merely causing the tumors to hold steady, thus lengthening these ladies' time of high romance together),

Virginia's never looked better.

Plus, who even notices a bald noggin under a shiny helmet?


There can be no doubt:  they were destined to ride off into the sunset together.

17 comments:

geewits said...

I hate when I'm on a party vacation with my friend and someone asks if we are mother and daughter. I wonder how your friends deal with that. In New Orleans I made a guy get down on his knees and sing "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" to me. I bet your friends are nicer.

Pam said...

Such fantastic adventures your two wonderful friends are having, and I salute their joy in life.

actonbell said...

Aw, now I'm all chocked up--but in a good way:)

furiousBall said...

that's awesome, rare to see that kind of carpe diem, goodness

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I think I'd like to hear the story of how you met them as well!

lime said...

wow, now that's living with gusto. more power to them.

Jeni said...

A great post about an obviously terrific pair. Chemo isn't always the do-all of medicine but all things considered, it generally does beat the alternative -by a long, long mile!

kmkat said...

So that's Virginia? She rocks!

Fragrant Liar said...

Just goes to prove you never can tell where you will find love, and that you shouldn't waste the opportunity when you do.

lindbloom said...

Oh how we love our joce, her groom, paco and that girl...thanks for a wonderful weekend...for laughs...love...and walking with us in this crazy fabulous life...

secret agent woman said...

Whoa - new template! And pretzels! And a post about way cool frineds!

Meg said...

Their romance would make an awesome screenplay! There's something about a love that defies preconceived notions, isn't there?

tattytiara said...

Motorcycles are the best for riding into sunsets together because you get to snuggle and drive at the same time.

christopher said...

Great inspiration. Your friends Virginia and Kirsten sound like wonderful people. And perhaps Virginia's strong spirit may keep the cancer at bay, equal to the chemo.

I haven't been around for a while...love the pretzels and new design. I had been up against the dark backdrop difficulties as well.

Deborah said...

I second the motion of wanting to know how you met them. This is an pretty unconventional coupledom no matter which way you look at it - proof that love exists in all kinds of ways. They sound like a remarkable pair who have grabbed on to life with a ferocious grip, and are having a wonderful ride.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I love a happy love story--those photos! Oh y!

alwaysinthebackrow said...

To be this couple and in southern Minnesota, no less! They are awesome in so many ways. Best wishes to both of them on their journey........together.