No more. No less.

I was sitting in the living room and I heard Wade in the kitchen.  He was on the phone and he said, “That is the best thing I’ve heard all week!” with great excitement in his voice. I knew he was talking to his grandfather, but I didn’t know what they were talking about.

Mo (W’s grandfather) lost his wife Isabel nearly four years ago.  The had been together for over 60 years!  Mo is the kind of man who has never said a negative word about someone or to someone in his entire life and he’ll be 97 this year.  Isabel was the most wonderful woman – kind, loving, compassionate, and she knew how to keep Mo in his place.  Her life was too short and I’ll regret the time she and I didn’t have together.

So now, four years after losing his wife, Mo has reconnected with a former friend and tennis opponent (Mo played tennis until he was in his mid-80s!), Leslie. 

Wade and I have not had the pleasure of meeting Leslie yet, but we here that she is lovely – this if from several people, not just Mo.

As it turns out, Leslie is now Mo’s girlfriend.  Not in the traditional sense, as one might associate with the term, but rather they are companions.  They spend time together.  They chat, reminisce, and dine together. 

Last week, Leslie decided to purchase herself a piece of jewelry (“she’s the wealthiest woman in town!” we’ve been told). She decided on a garnet ring and then shared the news of her impending purchase with Mo.  Simply to share the news.  Nothing more.

Mo, being a gentleman, asked her with all the tact possible, how much the ring cost.  She told him and he pondered this for some time.  Deciding that it was within his budget, he asked Leslie if he could have the ring delivered to him, as well as the bill.  She complied (I’m sure she resisted some!).

So the most wonderful thing that Wade heard was the Mo was going to give his girlfriend, Leslie, a garnet ring on Valentine’s Day.

“A friendship ring.  No more.  No less.”


~ by zuzu on February 12, 2008.

6 Responses to “No more. No less.”

  1. Ah, I love it! So sweet.

  2. That is SO sweet. Awwww.

  3. That is is BEST valentine’s story ever.

  4. I love, love, LOVE this story!

  5. I love it!! I second the BEST Valentine’s story ever!

  6. we can all learn from mo. great story.

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