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创建时间: 2015-11-24 09:13:26 显示全部楼层
I don't know if you ever received my answer to this, so I'm sending it again.

This is true; Maggie and I rarely spent any actual time with each other - and that was why I was so careful about letting myself fall in love with her, but I'm not sure that "living with each other" is the magic answer. I have no problem with two people living together before they're married, but that doesn't mean you really get to know each other by doing so. I've known couples who have lived together for years and discovered important things about each other they didn't know only after they were married.

Maggie and I got to know each other very well through our letters - we came to know about our core beliefs and our shared hope and dreams. That's what has to happen in a relationship; you have to discover if you are compatible in those areas that are most important to both of you. Maggie and I were very honest in our letters and we knew we were who our letters said we were during the time we spent with each other before we actually got married.

Also, I knew that Maggie and I shared many common qualities. She wasn't a stranger as one would find on the Internet. Maggie's family lived in the same neighborhood as I did - only a block away from my house. My older brother married Maggie's older sister and I knew her parents and what good people they were. So, in many ways, she wasn't a stranger to me.

Somebody recently made a comment to me that I never thought about before. After reading my book, they said how wonderful it was to watch a love grow without the interference of passion. You see., passion can sometimes get in the way of the development of a strong love.

Also, I think if Maggie and I lived together for awhile - without the commitment of marriage and children - I'm not sure we would have stayed together. And that would have been the biggest mistake of both our lives. When you're simply living together, it's too easy to walk away. Even if you think you're committed to working things out - it's just too easy sometimes to give up.
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duokan2000 发表于 2015-11-20 20:57
poems are created to be sung right?

Sorry for my late response. I've had problems with my computer.

Poems do have a rhythm and meter to them that can often be put to music. When I write a poem and even when I write a story, I try to make it flow.
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stefanlinks 发表于 2015-11-19 10:38
Edelweiss, edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white

Sorry it took so long to respond to you. I had trouble with my computer.

I do love the poem/song you put here. I know it from the movie The Sound of Music and it is beautiful read or sung.
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poems are created to be sung right?
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Edelweiss, edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white
Clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss, edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever
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stefanlinks 发表于 2015-11-10 09:14
If I could bargain with my life,
I'd give a year of my days for one of your smiles.

Yes, Maggie was one of the nicest  persons you could have met and the only woman I ever loved. She also had the most beautiful smile. Those words also fit her so perfectly, that after she died, my children and I put those words, "I'd give a year of my days for one of your smiles," on Maggie's gravestone. I can see her smile whenever I close my eyes.
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If I could bargain with my life,
I'd give a year of my days for one of your smiles.

Maggie is so nice, isn't she?
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0中国银行 发表于 2015-11-8 17:27
Writting a new book? Great!

A POD CAST APPEARANCE? What is that? A video?

Now you have put happy tears into my eyes. I just listened to "Beautiful in White" on the internet (You Tube) and it brought back not only memories of Maggie, but of walking my daughter down the aisle when she was married.

Thank you for the lovely song.
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0中国银行 发表于 2015-11-8 17:27
Writting a new book? Great!

A POD CAST APPEARANCE? What is that? A video?

I couldn't agree more with you that "getting married is just a start of life, not an end." That was why I titled the last chapter of my book "The Beginning" and that's why the last words of my book - after the picture of Maggie and me at our wedding- were "Our journey is just beginning."

Perhaps "pod cast" is the wrong name. However, I hope to appear "live" on the computer screen on the "village links 123.com" site as soon as it can be arranged. Hopefully this will occur this month. At least a two week notice will be given as soon as a date is arranged.

I'm not familiar with the song "Beautiful in White, but I'm going to try to find it on the internet.

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0中国银行 发表于 2015-10-3 00:38
Do you feel that you know me now -- at least better than before you were home? I’m really very eas ...

I did feel that I knew Maggie better after I had been home and with her during  those 2 1/2 days.

What was most revealing for me was that she was exactly who I hoped she would be. I was very much afraid that the Maggie I came to know through her letters would be someone different when I actually spent time with her. She was just as clever, witty, intelligent, humorous etc. etc. as she seemed to be in her letters. In short, she was who I hoped she was - and that revealed so much to me.
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