It's late, but I have to share this funny story from several weeks ago.
My parents' good friend, an executive in the LCMS world, called me up with a request and advice...sort of. The request was to meet with his new son-in-law to discuss teaching art and what that entails. I was of course more than willing to do so.
The second reason for the phone call is hilarious. He launches into a story about an LCMS principal he and my father know who was in a horrible marriage, got divorced and gave me all the nitty-gritty details. This was NOT the hilarious part. At first I was fearful he wanted to set me up.
Now, he goes on to share how this gentlemen was dating again and how he began dating a lady more seriously. The family friend had asked the principal how they met and he shared it was over the Internet. Family friend thinks this is interesting and asked for more specifics. The principal shared it was through eharmony.com, the site created by Dr. Rick Warren.
The family friend shares with me that he knows that once one is out of college it is difficult to find people to hang out with, etc. and he just wanted to share with me the information about this site.
I had to hold back the laughter...truly, because if I didn't know him so well I might have been offended, but I do know him and I know it was a phone call made out of love and concern. I thought it was particularly funny because he wanted to make sure I was aware of the site and I think you'd have to live under a rock to not be aware of this site or match.com! Maybe that's just me, but the commercials are everywhere! That and I've read Dr. Warren's book and enjoyed it.
I thanked him, got off the phone and laughed. I shared this story with some colleagues and one said he was glad I had a sense of humor about it. And really, what other way is there to respond? I was a little concerned my parents were in on it, but they claim minor ignorance. I think my mom worries a little bit about me getting married one day and having children. I worry about it sometimes too.
But here's what she doesn't always know. I go on dates. Sometimes even two dates with the same guy. But I'm not going to announce it to the world because it's not worth getting everyone excited if the guy isn't going to be around for awhile.
Also, for the most part, I'm enjoying my life as it is right now. I love meeting new people and there is a part of me that wants to find one man to share my life with someday. But I'm not so certain it will be soon, nor am I certain it will be in San Antonio. And thankfully I have God to guide me because I would have royally screwed it up years ago.
Good friends are precious, aren't they?