www.storymania.com
Storymania Logo

 

 

Essays




The Hopeless Cynic: All That Glitters... by Robert G Hagans The Robster on love and relationships...watch your step ladies and gen... [995 words]
Gay Agony In India by Amit Gupta An essay. [620 words]
A New Perspective by Richard Koss A different perspective on the 911 tragedy and its aftermath. [614 words]
The Spiritual Way by Panangipalli S Murthy - [2,163 words]
Can't You See? A Collection Of Essays by Vineetha Menon A collection: Can't You See? - An insightful view into our own handicaps... [593 words]
The Park by Robert Benton The aging of a park. [338 words]
The Bridge Between by E. M. Conary This essay describes a bridge, which although real, it is more of a metaphor about life. [474 words]
People Don't Take Time To Climb Trees Anymore by Christina Tolentino A humorous piece written for a writing class that just makes you ... [314 words]
Music Box by Ozlem Wierzbicki It is a story about friendship and how life shaped it. [373 words]
From The Author by Scott W. Hazzard The wonderful world of Hazzarding. [228 words]
Timothy McVeigh: A Legacy by Shelley J Alongi This short work examines the possibility that Timothy McVeigh in character, action an... [788 words]
The Hopless Cynic: Masochistic Summer by Robert G Hagans The Robster takes a definitive stake forward in the ongoing battle of the... [1,219 words]
The Hopeless Romantic: Lost Loves by Charles Cotterman - [523 words]
Quiet Noises; The Interplay Between Silence, Sound And Space In Hip-Hop Music. by Martin De Leon this is a meditation on the stat... [3,576 words]
Perfection And Vanity by The Amateur Philosopher An essay on the problems of the modern world and the ways in which we could change and im... [1,732 words]
The Monte Carlo Iridium Credit Card. by Peter Perkins Essay on the current flood of credit offers everyone receives daily offeri... [995 words]
The Hopless Cynic: The High School Experience by Robert G Hagans After a hiatus, the Robster is back, with a look back at High Sch... [1,243 words]
Please Forgive Me by Susan T Fisher Being human and doing things I regret. [106 words]
Our Customer Charter by Peter Perkins An alternative view on the current fashion for mission statements, service charters, and t... [394 words]
House Trailer by John C Rivers a trailer is a good place to live. [270 words]
Baan Kwaan Prison by John C Rivers a story about my experience visiting a prison in Thailand. I heard the guys there like having... [1,154 words]
There Is Hope: The Hopeless Cynic by Robert G Hagans Here's a follow up to my last. Enjoy it. The Robster strikes again. Dedicated... [985 words]
The Hopeless Romantic: The Ideal Life by Charles Cotterman A bit of a universal spread on the old idealist philosophy. [780 words]
The Hopeless Romantic: Proud To Be Foolish by Charles Cotterman - [620 words]
Personal Trauma -- An Unwilling Spectator by Roxanne Kendrick Can't really describe what this piece is about, except that it was, f... [1,234 words]
The Old Homeplace by Tara A. Lambert "The Old Homeplace" is a short essay describing an homecoming on the surface, but just beneat... [528 words]
The Keeper by E. L. Bennett Where death and the beauty of life come together... An essay of a man who has chosen his final rest... [687 words]
Story Of Success by Heather Springer - [321 words]
My Teacher Of Life by Kim Dow The quality of material posted on your site and the unique opportunity to have other college... [422 words]
Every Woman Wants To Be Seduced by Joseph A Santiago I am Unlike most you have read. Creating a space between words, a space between... [1,695 words]
Brother by T Shanell Penniton A true story of my experience dealing with a life threatning disease that attacked my brother. [1,292 words]
The Greatest Show On Earth by Adagio A comment on how the public fuel war by supporting the big businesses and media gian... [390 words]
A Woman Is A Flower-A Man Is A Tree by Susan T Fisher Comparing the traits of women and men to the traits of flowers and trees. [308 words]
A Lesson In Love
Echoes Of Madness; A Night With Lee Scratch Perry by Martin De Leon a review and textual memory of a recent night observing and e... [1,295 words]
The Under-Ten League by James Plourde I find one of the gifts of fatherhood and reclaim a painful part of my own childhood throu... [1,756 words]
The Price Of Freedom by Matt Laubenstein An essay on what the price of freedom is to people around the world and what freedom reall... [1,029 words]
Renaissance--Western Civilization Essay 2 by Lissa N Metz-Gomez Essay number 2 of 3 for Western Civilization (fall of Rome up to the ... [4,207 words]
Middle Ages--Western Civilization Essay 1 by Lissa N Metz-Gomez The first in a 3-part series of essays I did for my Western Civilizat... [4,115 words]
Let's Have Some Fun With H M Os by Georgia Kraff A satirical look at the dismal state of healthcare today. [572 words]
Friend by Emcee Teacup A short little thing about a friend of mine. I'm new to writing outside of the forced journals of elemen... [1,009 words]
Essay For Western Civilization-Ancient History Part I by Lissa N Metz-Gomez This is the first in a series of three essays I did for m... [3,599 words]
Creed: A Tribute by Matt Laubenstein This is an article about the famous band Creed that has sold millions of records. [779 words]
Belonging by Matt Laubenstein An essay about the human struggle to belong. [560 words]
Ancient History Part 2 by Lissa N Metz-Gomez The second in a three-part series of essays I did for my Western Civiliation-Ancient His... [4,895 words]
A Guy Thing by Georgia Kraff It isn't always the earth-shaking things that change the course of one's life. Sometimes it's some... [678 words]
South Florida Memoirs by Georgia Kraff The recent election fiasco in Florida didn't surprise me a bit. When I lived there, I ca... [565 words]
Faith And The Stars by Mary Ann Delk I wrote this article for some of my friends whom I had been discussing faith with. [1,056 words]
The Firstborn Of God. Resolving The Contradictions In The Bible. by Gail Evans "The Firstborn of God. Resolving the Contradic... [999 words]
Whispers In The Desert by Hasan Qutb Whispers in the desert. [222 words]
View's Of Man's Nature by Ali Nicole Burton This is an essay that tells a few different views of man's nature and how they relate to... [610 words]
The One Emotion by Michael W Miller The writers feelings toward love. [158 words]
Perfection by Michael Hunter Another "college essay". These things are starting to tick me off. Anyway, I decided to go a diffe... [452 words]
The Cayman Wall by Danny I. Spitler -The author revisits the place where he overcame fear years ago and challenges himself to do it... [1,448 words]

Go to page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 [10] 11
TITLE (EDIT)
A Lesson In Love
DESCRIPTION
A shopping trip that teaches about love everlasting.
[603 words]
TITLE KEYWORD
Motivational
AUTHOR
Sharon Grata
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Married, mother of two, who just writes for the fun of it.
[April 2001]
AUTHOR'S E-MAIL ADDRESS
[email protected]
A Lesson In Love
Sharon Grata


A Lesson In Love





I hate to shop. My daughter lives to shop. So we compromise. We go to our local mall together and she shops while I sit in the food court and drink coffee and watch people.

On this particular Saturday an elderly couple caught my eye. They looked alike. I've heard it said that the longer you live with someone the more you look alike. These two were the cutest bookends that I had ever seen.

I watched as he pulled out her chair and helped her sit down. He shuffled slowly over to the Wendy's counter returning with one large fry and two small coffees. It was then I noticed that she had the familiar tremors of Parkinson's.

The gentleman put the tray down in front of his wife and slowly removed his coat and hat placing them on the empty chair beside him. Then he walked behind his wife's chair and helped her out of her coat as gently as he could.

After he sat down , he removed the lid off both coffees and prepared them according to their specific tastes. The whole time he chatted. His wife just smiled at him with her eyes. I imagined that in their earlier years she had been the chatterbox, and now was his chance to get a word in edgewise.

As I put the cream in my own coffee and watched the white clouds blend with the dark rich liquid I imagined them in their younger years. I could see them sharing a root beer float at the local Five and Dime soda fountain. She was his first crush and he was her first kiss. They cuddled to Frank Sinatraís crooning. She waited for him to return from the war. And they danced to Cole Porterís Night and Day for their wedding dance.





"I promise to love you in sickness and in health, until death do us part."






Marriage vows uttered years ago were still being honored by both today. A lump was growing in my throat as I watched him caring for her now. He placed the yellow paper napkin around her neck. He handed her one French fry at a time making sure it wasn't too hot. He steadied her better hand around the Styrofoam coffee cup and helped her raise the cup to her lips. The whole time he just chatted. And she responded only with her eyes.


The tears began to well in my eyes and I had to look away. Not from pity or sadness, but from the sheer beauty of lasting love. But I couldn't glance away for long. I had to watch them. They had captured me. A prisoner of love I guess you could say.

They had finished their treat. He rose again and first put on his jacket and hat. He took his beloved by the arm and steadied her as she stood. He gently helped her ease into her coat again. He lovingly tied her scarf around her neck.

Arm in arm they walked to the down escalator. She held on to the railing and he wrapped his arm around her waist. He was her rock and she was his strength.

I uttered a prayer that God would take care of them in the time that they had left together. Love like that deserved rewarding.

As I gulped my last mouthful of coffee it had a much sweeter taste. Perhaps you can conclude that the sugar had settled to the bottom of the cup but I think it was more because of the lesson this couple had taught me.

After watching them I learned that love doesn't grow old, it simply grows.









 

READER'S REVIEWS (1)
DISCLAIMER: STORYMANIA DOES NOT PROVIDE AND IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR REVIEWS. ALL REVIEWS ARE PROVIDED BY NON-ASSOCIATED VISITORS, REGARDLESS OF THE WAY THEY CALL THEMSELVES.

"Very moving and very true...well done!" -- Jan Francis, OHIO.

TO DELETE UNWANTED REVIEWS CLICK HERE! (SELECT "MANAGE TITLE REVIEWS" ACTION)

Submit Your Review for A Lesson In Love
Required fields are marked with (*).
Your e-mail address will not be displayed.

Your Name*     E-mail*

City     State/Province     Country

Your Review (please be constructive!)*


Please Enter Code*:

Submit Your Rating for A Lesson In Love

Worst     1     2     3     4     5     6     7     8     9     10     Best

COPYRIGHT NOTICE
© 2000 Sharon Grata
STORYMANIA PUBLICATION DATE
April 2001
NUMBER OF TIMES TITLE VIEWED
1569
 

Copyright © 1998-2001 Storymania Technologies Limited. All Rights Reserved.