The Smile

I had the pleasure of helping a very interesting Man choose a pair of shoes today, and very special shoes they were. He was on his way to meet a Woman for what was to be their third date. As our conversation went on, he seemed to be quite comfortable talking with me, so he gave me his story. He said that he was 58, had recently lost nearly 100 pounds and was feeling healthy and better than he had in a long time. He said that he had not dated for over 30 years. He then told me that he lost his Wife of 25 years three years ago to cancer. With tears in his eyes
he told me that she was the love of his life, and with tears in mine I told him I was so sorry. Then he smiled and told me a little about her, his Wife, and how happy they had been. So after a few minutes I asked him about his date. Although he was still smiling, his smile became different, and he said that she was very sweet and funny, and that he loved her laugh,and that he was excited and nervous at the same time. I gave him a hug, thanked him and he hugged me back. He most likely thought that I was thanking him for buying the shoes, but I was thanking him for letting me see the smile that he had when speaking with so much love of his Wife.
Debra Copeland

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