By Frannie May Armstrong
Do you believe in love at first sight? I sure as heck didn't -- and then I met Jim Roth.
That was five years ago.
I had been the receptionist at the Stoneham, New Hampshire Chamber of Commerce for a full five years at that time, and I was lonely as an armadillo in Alaska. And then I met Jim and my life changed forever . . . .
Okay, what's a girl from the Heart of Texas doing way up here in Yankee territory anyway? Well . . . I kinda got the skiing bug--or at least the idea that I wanted to be a sexy ski bunny at the tender age of nineteen. I hitch-hiked all the way from Abilene, Texas to New England on a winter vacation way back when and I kinda just ... stayed. My family thought I was crazy. My Mama thought I was a traitor--but if you've never seen snow in your whole life and then it falls on your face like the frozen tears from the Angel of Joy . . . well, ya gotta give up and embrace it, don't'cha think?
Of course, it's now thirty years later and my economic situation really wouldn't let me relocate . . .
Except . . . about ten years back, I went on a group tour to Honolulu. When I saw those palm trees and felt the tropical rain on my skin and the earth born again in living, seething, liquid rock . . . I knew the only thing stopping me from leaving New Hampshire forever was money.
And then I met Jim. I was thinking that we might be soul mates, destined to spend our declining years on black sand beaches and laying a wreath at the Arizona Memorial every December 7th . . . .
Oh, we had plans.
That was before Lorna Barrett went into way too much detail about Jim and me and . . well, now . . . the life we'd planned is now drastically changed. It's fair to say MY life is now drastically changed forever.
Last night I saw a shooting star in the sky and wished upon it . . . but I'm not hopeful. I see a future alone. Yet I still see myself someday placing that wreath on a white memorial above the green sea, only I'll be by myself.
Growing old without the one you love really stinks.
I could sure use a few words of encouragement. Anybody got any to share?
To find out more about Frannie's predicament, you might like to read Chapter & Hearse by Lorna Barrett. Of course, if you haven't read any of the Booktown Mysteries, the first book, Murder Is Binding, is a very good place to start.
Check out Lorna's web site or her blog.