The two of them walked into the shop hand in hand, simply glowing at one another. They were not young, really, in fact much older than two people would normally be who have a glow like that.
"May I help you?" asked the proprietor.
"Oh yes! We would like to order wedding invitations!" said the beaming Groom.
The proprietor's face lit up as he said, "Oh! Well, congratulations, then!"
And suddenly we all laughed because we couldn't help it. It was the sweetest thing.
"Our friends tell us we're too old for these things, ask us why we don't just live together rather than going to all the fuss and bother of a wedding," said the Bride. "But we find we rather like the fuss and bother!"
"Oh yes, it's fuss and bother for me, every time!" said the smiling man.
I waited as the three of them discussed fonts and joked about groom's cake and honeymoons. "We think it's to be the Bahamas!" chortled the Bride. "For a week in June."
"Warmth! Idle time! Dancing in our bathing suits," he added, sounding as if such a place might actually be Heaven.
With each choice, the man asked the woman what she wanted, and then she asked him what he wanted. They always wanted what each other wanted. There was a deference. An absolute absence of bickering. Unusual, I know.
They finally finished their transaction, gathered up their bags, and went out the door hand in hand. It was a bit darker in there, without all that glow.
The proprietor turned to me with a puzzled look.
"I just don't get it. She treats him as if he's a Rock Star."
"A Rock Star," I said, thinking. There was - something, that was for sure. Something that made them feel like a million dollars and a record deal. Perhaps even sequined costumes. And then it suddenly came to me. They were thinking of each other, and not of themselves.
I believe that's Love. And everybody could use that kind of fuss and bother.
See you along the way!
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