If you had told me a year ago that I would soon fall for a short, bald, portly man who felt like sunshine, I would have called you crazy. But fall I did… for a man I refer to here as Lee.
Even before we’d met, I sketched out a vision of what I wanted, in terms of lifestyle and a mate:
- Regular travel — especially opportunities to adventure, ski or escape the cold midwestern winters.
- Good food. A prospective mate must love sushi. And wine. And my cooking.
- Some toys… I’d love a boat, enjoy biking, paddle boarding and more.
- Experiences with someone who enjoys live music, theater, cooking and says “yes” to fun of all kinds.
- A partner whose income as, at minimum, equal to mine. (I’ve had to support a man before. I did not enjoy it.)
- And, looking ahead, I want his children to be at least as old as mine… because when mine are off to college, the heavens open up, the hallelujah chorus plays and even more travel and fun can begin for us as my / our children are off chasing their own dreams!
I never imagined I’d find all these things, even if in a package I didn’t expect — or, at first, appreciate. But he was persistent, kind, generous and thoughtful, not to mention intelligent and a ton of fun! He said yes to me, up until it was a no.
And, now, if you asked me what I want in life, I’d simply refer back to the time Lee and I spent together and say, “I want to feel that happy.” I honestly can’t imagine feeling more happy, content and fulfilled. Lee dotted all my i’s and crossed all my t’s; we seemed like a near perfect fit.
If it sounds like I’m crediting a man for all my happiness, that’s simply not true. I am a happy person because I’ve shaped my life and psyche to cultivate and nurture my own happiness. But there’s something to be said for finding someone with whom to share it all…
I’ve had to work extremely hard to get past the hurt, grief, anger and disappointment of the loss of said relationship. I’m finally moving on, meeting new men and allowing myself to have fun on dates.
So far, there have been no Lees…but I’ll know I’ve met someone special when I feel that happy.