A while back, I wrote an entry about meeting my husband. I won’t repeat that story here, even though I think it ranks right up there with the story of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, updated for our technological age. Nor will I tell you how perfect he is for me, though I could list a thousand ways we connect.
But when I was editing my proposal, I realized I’d forgotten to add him to my outline! Yikes, how did that happen?
Since each chapter’s reduced to a paragraph or so, I could only give him one sentence. How can you possibly describe a complex relationship in a single sentence? Try it for yourself:
I married/dated someone who…
I married a man who…eats Cheerios for breakfast every morning; loves cougars, computers, and candy-scented flowers; has a turbo-charged metabolism and a full-throttle brain. Those answers help describe him, definitely, but they don’t define our relationship.
I played around with lots of possibilities, but this seems to me a perfect fit:
Melodye marries again – this time, to a man who loves her for her humanness and cherishes her spirit.
When I showed it to my husband, his eyes crinkled in the corners. “That has Melodye written all over it,” he said. I don’t know if it’ll make it past edits, but it makes me smile whenever I read it.