Crazy for the love of God
It’s that time of year. Even though Jim and his wife are old (over 50!) they still hug, kiss, and say sweet silly things! “Darling, I adore you.” Yuck! As brother Charlie once said, “People their age shouldn’t be allowed to date.”
Why do grown-ups get so excited about “love”? Sure giving and receiving chocolates makes sense. Chocolate is proof of heaven!
But they give each other cards, blow money on a fancy restaurant and once in a while Jim even SINGS LOVE SONGS to his wife. And his wife enjoys it. Someone call family service; I need protection!
If I dare ask Jim about this somehow (being a preacher) he steers the conversation towards “the love of God” which sounds like an excuse for yet another sermon. One of these Sundays, when Jim is out of town, I will preach in his place just to show how easy it is. All you have to do is talk about God, love, and good deeds for 20 minutes. Close with a prayer and sit down. For that a guy gets paid a full-time salary? Amazing!
But back to my subject: before Jim fell in love with his wife he used to say sensible things like “She’s a wonderful woman but I couldn’t marry her since neither of us loves the other.” Then they went on a boat ride. They held hands and gazed at a summer moon. Then, suddenly, inexplicably (that’s a big word for a 10 year-old) they “fell in love”. I think they were moonstruck. Lunatics! Or perhaps it was moonshine- except they don’t drink!
Don’t they know? People their age are supposed to be dull (like one of Jim’s sermons). They are supposed to smile, nod their heads, drink warm milk and go to bed at nine. Instead they’re all “luvy duvy”. I’ve seen them at weddings. Jim’s wife is a good dancer. But Jim is clumsy and out of rhythm. He is big, slow and overweight. Still they smile, laugh, hug each other and enjoy each other. I don’t blame them for having a good time; just don’t do it when I’m around and get embarrassed.
Jim says that someday I’ll finally grow up. Sometime one of “Cupid’s arrows” will pierce me and I too will go crazy with love. I wonder where I can buy a suit of armor?
Back in two weeks.
An old man once said, “My wife and I have been married 55 years and we still have candlelight dinners twice a week…
She has hers on Tuesdays; I have mine on Thursdays!
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