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Topic: ENTERTAIN (04/27/17)
- TITLE: High School Sweetheart
By Karen Emmer
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Hmmm, Jeff replied at a loss for words. How could he not notice? He had seen her come into the sanctuary and take a seat alone. She looked better than expected after 10 years. Through a mutual friend on Facebook he saw that his high school sweetheart was recently divorced and had moved back in town.
Cassie sighed. â€œI probably need to cut back on carbs and put a little more time on the elliptical. Maybe I should join a gym.â€
Jeffâ€™s thoughts began to drive back in time. Now and Forever was the theme at their Senior Prom, and he believed it was meant for them. Visions of a long life together swam through his head that night, and he became convinced that God had made her just for himself. She clung to him the whole evening and pledged her heart to him, and they saw each other every day for several months. Suddenly, she broke it off with him saying she couldnâ€™t see him anymore. The next day she was with the high school football star, whom she later married and moved away to another state.
Now that she was back Jeff began to entertain the thought of what could have been, what could be, and how to get in touch with her. Where did she live? Would she recognize him?
â€œHoney, are you okay?â€ Cassie asked staring hard at his face. â€œYou havenâ€™t heard a word Iâ€™ve said.â€
He could hardly confess where his thoughts had gone. â€œIâ€™m fine, just zoning out.â€
â€œDid you know that lady in the skinny jeans? I saw her looking over at you several times during the sermon. â€
He nearly choked. â€œYeah, from a long time ago.â€
â€œAn old girlfriend?â€ She teased.
He wouldnâ€™t have ever classified her as old, and he thought she was going to be so much more than a girlfriend.
â€œShe seemed kind of lonely. I think Iâ€™ll invite her to the womenâ€™s Bible Study on Thursdays.â€
Her comment brought him right out of his entertaining thoughts. Lord forgive my wandering heart. He had pledged his heart to this one, a sweetheart, with a vow of forever, â€˜til death do us part. Keep me from temptation.
â€œI think that would be nice, Cassie.â€
He pulled into the driveway and stared at her a moment, checking out her perceived flaws. â€œI wouldnâ€™t change a thing. Youâ€™re perfect just the way you are.â€
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