From Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul

Oh, to Be Loved Like That!

When you have loved as she has loved, you grow old beautifully.

W. Somerset Maugham

When I arrived at the beauty salon, the operator said, “I can start with you, but Mrs. Smith [now under the dryer] has a doctor’s appointment, and I will have to comb her out as soon as she’s dry.” And that’s just how it happened. Her time under the dryer was up, I was asked to wait, they brought her wheelchair to the dryer chair and transferred her to the operator’s chair to be combed out.

When she was almost finished, her husband drove up, made out a check for her permanent, got her coat and waited for her to be brought to the front of the salon where he stood. It was very obvious to me by this time that the woman had a rather severe disability and that her husband was heavily burdened by her illness. As she was wheeled toward him, he looked at her and said, “I don’t think we should go to the party this evening.” Her face fell with disappointment, and she asked, “Why?” He replied lovingly, “As pretty as you look, I’m afraid someone will steal you from me.”

Mary L. Ten Haken

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