Anything is Possible!

With Love, Hope, and Perseverance

Thirty Nine Years Later



It had been 39 years since we’d seen each other.

When I heard his voice on the phone, he sounded very different from the 15 year old boyfriend I remembered. I didn’t remember him having an accent. I guess 39 years of living back home in New England can do that.

When I’d last seen him, it was 1972. He was tall and lean with sensitive hazel eyes like mine. I can imagine the scene. Him in his jeans with the battery acid holes and his leather jacket, or the olive military field jacket. His hair in his eyes just a little bit. Humming Jethro Tull. Working on a motorcycle.

                             David from 1972 yearbook      JoAnne from 1972 yearbook

When we met again in 2011, he looked different. Still tall, but filled out nicely. Silvery hair, slightly, handsomely weathered. My heart was beating like a set of bongos. I bet his was too. 🙂

The smell of my soul mate was intoxicating. My body remembered, without even consciously knowing that it remembered. It was my first love. Back again after all those years.

We had both seen tears and years of disappointment, overcoming life’s hills and mountains, journeying the long and winding road back. We had no idea this was part of the plan. This reunion. This grand surprise, ripening when the time was finally right for us to journey together on new adventures!

You never know what wonderful surprises are on the way. Anything is Possible!

joanne and david at the river

The prompt for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Post was: scene/seen.  If you’d like to join in the fun, visit:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

13 thoughts on “Thirty Nine Years Later

  1. Anything is indeed possible… Lovely photographs!

  2. YES! Thank you. It was so much fun to find the ’72 yearbook and see what David had written on his photo back then: “Remember me always, Love, DAVE.” I certainly did!

  3. Reblogged this on Loving Me, Too and commented:

    In those 39 years, I had to learn to love me, among other things. We had to become ready. (Re-blogging my Stream of Consciousness Saturday post, prompted by Linda Hill.)

  4. Delightful story, JoAnne. And for what it may be worth, I like the (last) photo of you (with your honey) even better than the one you have chose yo use with your blog. 🙂 And any guy who sings of hums Jethro Tull is alright in my book!

  5. Thank you, Eric! So, another Tull fan 🙂
    David was crazy about them “back in the day,” and they still haunt our home on occasion with nostalgia. I like that photo better too. Maybe I’ll play around with it for the blog. I appreciate the feedback.

  6. That’s a lovely story JoAnne. Best wishes to you.

  7. Thank you! I’m glad you like it.

  8. Thanks for the heart-warming story on a chilly day!

  9. So glad to give some warmth. It feels good to know that.

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