by Mary Haupt from the May 13, 2013 issue
Tagline: Angie's life would have turned out very differently if she hadn't stopped that day to smell the rose...
In a Nutshell: Angie stops to smell a rose displayed in the window of a florist's shop. The owner shares the story of how his grandfather used to own a florist's shop and met his wife when she stopped to smell a rose displayed in his window. What a coincidence!
Observations: Well, let me tell you it's been a long time since a Woman's World story made me tear up, but this one did.
I liked the hook at the beginning.
Sometimes, late at night, just before I fall asleep, I try to imagine what my life would be like if I'd taken the bus instead of walking home that day three years ago.
It makes you wonder, doesn't it? Makes you curious.
When I got to the middle of the story where Nick is telling the story of how his grandfather met his grandmother, I sighed. How sweetly sentimental and so very Woman's World. I could picture Johnene reading that same part in the story and saying to herself, "Yep. This one's a keeper."
But that was only the preamble to the really sweetly sentimental part:
That's why, sometimes, late at night, I think of how my life would be different if I'd taken the bus instead of walking home that day three years ago. I know I wouldn't be hearing the soft breathing of my husband, Nick, asleep beside me. Or the soft cooing of our baby in her crib nearby.
And I know there wouldn't be a freshly cut rose in a slender silver vase on the kitchen table each night when I get home from work.
But there is.
Wow. Tears. (Even though I think to myself, he doesn't snore??? LOL)
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