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Topic: Postcards (08/29/05)
TITLE: Awaiting a Postcard
By Libby East
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The couple had been together for six years, since there senior year of high school. Upon graduation, Leanne went to college three hours away while Greg joined the army and was sent to boot camp. He promised her that he would marry her when she graduated, but that took two years longer than she had expected. By that time Greg had been stationed at a base two states away and then six months ago, when he was deployed he promised to propose as soon as he returned.
Leanne lacked the faith that he would return safe and sound and that they would ever have the life she dreamed of. It seemed like God had taken a detour in His plans for them. But, Greg had promised to come home and ask her to marry him.
God please let there be something in here. She prayed. Her heart rate slowed as she opened the mailbox. A large pile of missives lay inside. She reached in and quickly pulled the stack of mail out. She held her breath as she sifted through the bills and catalogues that were in her hand. She was almost to the bottom of the pile and was certain that this was another day without word of Greg’s safety when she spotted a small postcard with a picture of the mountain where the two of them hiked every summer. She turned it over and read the message on the back.
Meet me at our spot at 2:00 on Saturday, July 9.
Leanne smiled and cried at the same time. He was alive and safe and coming home in --- she looked at the date displayed on her watch realized that today is July 9th. And it is already 12:00. She had thirty minutes before she had to leave. She ran inside to freshen up and grab some hiking boots and in two hours was at the top of the mountain where they had shared so many fond memories. The spot was a large rock that was flat and served as a perfect bench to six on while overlooking the surrounding cities. She could hardly contain her excitement as she heard footsteps behind her. She turned around in time to see Greg in his dress uniform. He stopped and held out his arms and she ran to him. They embraced for long moments and then he pulled away and dropped to one knee. He held out a small velvet box opened to display a beautiful white gold half-karat diamond solitaire.
“Leanne, I have thought about you night and day for the past six months. I can’t believe that I didn’t do this before I left. You are the only one that I want to come home to for the rest of my life. Will you marry me?” Greg’s brown eyes sparkled as he tried not to cry. Leanne simply nodded and fell to her knees in front of him. He took the ring and placed it on her hand and the two embraced again and this time, shared the sweetest kiss they would ever know.
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