"Cancel on me when I'm in the shower -- ok, I guess. Cancel on me after I've put my clothes on -- ugh, ok. Cancel on me after I've put on my makeup -- oh naaaw!" ~ overheard
"The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away ... Sometimes I feel like I've lost so much I hafta find new things to lose ... Your daddy gave me a message for you: tell Eve I still owe her that dance", said the double widow character Mozelle from the film Eve's Bayou, in calm, experienced response to a condolence after the death of her third husband and then her brother
Their paths crossed by surprise; his forged by workboots standing at her door to install an appliance and hers then in stilettos she nearly fell out of due to slight weathering in the asphalt just a yard from the oddly familiar spirit before her eyes. He was amused, joking about flattery from the fact that he must've swept her off her feet. She was also amused but remained ambulatory, as she would never allow herself to miss a beat or feel shame for no real reason. Any other witness had no choice but to make light of the situation too as the young woman removed both work shoes and, with stockinged feet flat on the ground, continued to let them both in.
The smiling strangers would somehow ease into hours of positive conversation. They exchanged personal numbers as they parted ways and even later that night, while she slept, he called to speak to the woman whom he "[couldn't] get off [his] mind". She smiled at his message the next morning and, once they'd spoken again, agreed to a late lunch date the following day. Fine with him, but -- if it was alright with her -- he hoped they could also connect sooner.
Movies. That evening, they'd watched three! Lots of laughter and Q&A seasoned the simple meeting. Five-years and family structure. Life's highs and lows. What drives and feeds the other? Where's your faith? Apparently, the young man was uninterested in the casual encounters of his younger days but hoping to get to know and grow with a woman. The young woman was pleasantly surprised by his admissions and felt even more comfortable speaking of the celibacy that she would be sure to introduce early anyway. After all, if people are headed in different directions, there is never a mature need to lead another on or judge as you both step away.
The Christian young man waved her concern off as slight, mentioning his plans to attend church early in the morning and repeating his current speed. Wow! How nice is that? For the next couple of hours, now they could both say it was hard to think of anything else. Instead they kept silent and slept on it until an hour before church. She called him as promised and their previously secret thoughts were revealed to the effect of mutual, albeit sleepy, smiles. He was too tired to attend the first service and might try instead for the second, but they were still on for later. That afternoon, he called to inform her he'd be by to pick her up in a few hours. No problem. She appreciated his attentiveness and began to get herself together.
"Hello, my sister! I've been waiting for you. I'm so glad you could make it. Let us give God thanks..."