Love without Flowers.

I payed a visit to my Grandma this week.
She is not well. Two months, maybe three.

But to see the smile on her face you would be forgiven for thinking that she was healthy and happy with many fine years ahead.

Sadly no, it’s cancer and she is in pain.

She smiles because she’ll soon be seeing my Grandfather, her partner of 60 years, who has been waiting for her since February this year.

I brought her some flowers. She loves flowers. Much to my amazement, she mentioned to me that Pa never brought her flowers.

‘Never’ she says. ‘Not even chocolates’.

My Pa was a beautiful man. A loving husband, a caring father and the best-damn Grandfather that his nine Grandchildren could ever have hoped for.
I have always looked up to him, and with me being the hopeless & pathetic romantic that i am, i just had to ask her the question.

“Grandma”, i ask as i sat at the end of her bed as if i was a child again, “tell me the most romantic thing Pa ever did for you!”
And she began to tell me a story of when she arrived at the docks to await my Pa’s arrival.

Pa had been at sea for 9 months. He was in the Navy, and boy did he look handsome in his uniform.
My grandmother waited for him for over an hour. She saw the faces of 300 other sailors, yet could not see his.
After a while, she gave up and caught the tram home.

As she approached the front door of her home, she was grabbed from behind.

It was my Grandfather.

He pulled her close and made up for 9 months of being without her with a kiss…… a kiss meant purely for her.

My Grandma, completely in a trance at this tall uniformed naval officer, had to try and contain herself. For as much as she was enjoying this moment, she did have some sad news for him.

Grandma was actually seeing somebody else at the time my Grandfather was at sea.

“Sailors come and go” she told me, she never thought she would see him again, let alone still be in love with him.

So she told him.

The look on my Pa’s face though, was not a look of concern.
He simply paused for a moment, smiled at her and said………………..

‘Well you better give him up, cause i wanna marry ya!’

And she did.

(R.I.P Lindsay DeMamiel – the most romantic man i knew)

Love without Flowers.

Ryan Lester

West Melbourne, Australia

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