Wednesday, October 26, 2011
When we met, Pascal was eager to tell me their story. Later I asked him to send it to me so I could share it with you: "Maria and I met in London in 1980 and dated for about eighteen months. At that time Spain was not part of the EU, so her visa expired, and she had to return to Madrid. I called her a few times there, but her mother answered the phone and never gave her the message, seeing how emotinoally spent Maria was ... she meant well. So Maria goes and gets married and has two great children, Bibiana and Daniel both now in their 20s. And I got married and had three of my own Lauren, Nastasia and Oliver (24, 17,11). No contact of any sort for 26 years. Out of the blue I get an emai in the summer of 2007 (one year after I got separated) saying "You probably don't remember me but....." I replied and we emailed back and forth for a few months, many times a day. I invented a need to go on a business trip to Spain and had her meet me for a weekend in Barcelona in September 2007. I opened the hotel room door and was in love again. Maria moved here in 2009 and we were married today at Steppingstone Park in Great Neck." The only thing that I can add to this great story is that Pascal only called me yesterday about doing this (!), and that weather forecast called for clouds and rain - but that the sun came out just as I pronounced them - and that was the ONLY time it came out. It was still a nice day, and the park is a beautiful place for this kind of wedding. I also was privileged to meet Pascal's mother Rosette, who was a very interesting person in her own right. A great day - the very kind of thing that makes me so glad I can do this "work."