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A Big Move Leads to the Moment of a Lifetime

As Told by : Samantha, age 34

After my first marriage ended, I was trying to figure out a way to financially support myself and my daughter. I found a great job in Tennessee and decided to move us there. We arrived at our new home the day before Kindergarten started for my daughter. The first day of school, I walked into Mr. Lewis's classroom and thought, "Who is this man teacher with the southern drawl?" Needless to say, I was a bit leery of men at this point after the pain of my first marriage ending. It turned out that this "man teacher" was a wonderful role model for his Kindergarteners.

Towards mid-October of that school year, I had a dream about him. I dreamed I was sitting on a curb in the damp fog. Out of the fog walked Mr. Lewis. I was crying in my dream. He sat down beside me and took my hand without saying anything. I woke up thinking it was a bit bizarre to have a dream about my daughter's teacher!

Over the next week, a few random people told me about what a great guy Mr. Lewis was. I heard stories of how he took food to a hungry family and how he cooked for a co-worker who was pregnant and her husband didn't know his way around the kitchen. I heard all kinds of wonderful, "Mr. Lewis stories." Even though I didn’t feel ready to get involved with anyone, I felt I could not pass up an opportunity to get to know this man and I asked him out on a date.

We went to dinner at Riverside Tavern and had a great deal of effortless conversation. About halfway through the main course, I said, "You seem like a great guy. How come you have never been married?" He said, "Well, terminal illness tends to scare off most women." I said, "It's a good thing I'm not most women." At that moment, he leaned across the table, (and he is a pretty short guy, so by lean, I mean he basically crawled across the table...) and kissed me right on the mouth!

At that moment, I knew he was the one and that God didn't send me to Tennessee to take a job. He sent me to meet Mr. Burt Lewis. Burt told me about his kidney disease and transplant that night – something he had not originally planned to do. He told me later that he didn't want to tell me on our first date because he really wanted a second date. Well, he not only got his second date but we are now happily married. I will never forget that moment at Riverside Tavern when I realized my move to Tennessee had led to meeting my lifetime soul mate.

Wright from the Heart

Editorial by : Norma Leigh Wright

Samantha and Burt’s story is a good reminder that something wonderful can happen after a period of great sadness in your life. Samantha’s first marriage was a disappointment and she likely had moments where she felt she would never trust another man again. She wasn’t expecting to find a guy like Burt – and she was very skeptical of him at first – but their love turned into a relationship that will last a lifetime.

Sometimes you realize that you are in love in the most common, yet unexpected, places. In the case of Samantha and Burt, it was a restaurant. Where will it happen for you?