She told me the secrets IÂ sought were behind the green gate and then said I Â wouldn’t gain access to what lay just beyond until the time was right.
I smiled and told her there was always a reason why the time wasn’t right and that I wasn’t interested in waiting for something that would never come.
“Good things come to those who wait.”
“And death comes for us all but when that day is, well none of us know now do we.”
I could share more of the moments and how wisdom was intermixed with witty but it wouldn’t advance the story or add much depth to the partially painted tapestry I have placed before you.
So we’ll skip that and talk for a moment about how many years ago the Shmata Queen and I discussed how many people you could fall in love with.
We’re not talking about average love either. we’re focused on LOVE. The kind that turns your world inside out and makes you rethink and reevaluate everything you thought you knew.
It is Love Between The Lines, the moments in which you realize something that happened and that life will never be the same.
Some several hours ago I sat with a certain teenage boy and told him that he hadn’t lived long enough to know as much as he thought he knew and that he hadn’t lived as hard as he thought he had lived.
When he asked me how I knew I just smiled and told him one day this quote would make sense to him in a way he could not understand yet.
â€œWe were together. I forget the rest.â€
â€• Walt Whitman
He made a face and I told him I was certain one day a girl would fix her eye upon him and that he might be surprised by what came next.
I said he might be shocked to find that one kiss could change your life and you would forever remember it.
What I didn’t share was how it could turn your world inside out and upside down but it wouldn’t have mattered because you never fully understand until it happens to you.
Find The 5 People Who Set Your Soul On Fire
When she asked me if I thought there were only five people who could set your soul on fire I said no, it had to be more because statistically speaking it didn’t make sense to limit it to only five.
Part of me was in awe at the idea that there could be a 100 or even a 1000 women out there who could do that.
I couldn’t help but think about the possibilities and how it probably opened up the entire world and wonder about the range of people.
It could mean women from every country and every walk of life.
But as exciting as that sounded it was also a bit overwhelming and I started to think about how it didn’t have to mean that the 1000 were spread out.
With my luck it was possible I could find out that 17% of them were lived in Fargo. North Dakota, 23% were in the Amazon and another 3% lived on some island in the South China sea that I had never heard of and would probably never get to.
Curiosity drove me into all sorts of crazy other thoughts but eventually I found my way back to more reasonable places which is why I also told my son if he was lucky he would find the five people that set his soul on fire.
One day I hope my children have experienced that sort of love. I hope it doesn’t require a ton of heartbreak or heartache for them because I don’t want that.
But I do want them to have the kind of experiences you get by living and loving hard and I don’t mean that in the rock and roll sense of the words.
Real Locks Removed By Real Love
In the midst of writing this I stumbled uponÂ Things Bloggers Write About and it occurred to me sometimes we write about how real locks can be removed by real love.
We write about the girl/guy who chose to walk away and how we chased after them only to discover they weren’t really there or that they had never really left.
Or sometimes we share the tiny tales about the lives we live and give you a chance to peek through a written window into worlds that are similar and yet altogether different from the one you live in.
You see the moments where we think we blew it and marvel at our success and or our dumb luck.
And sometimes as you and I are peering through the mist we find that one thing that moves us and realize we just learned one of the secrets that lie behind the green gate.
Stephanie D Lewis March 8, 2016 at 8:51 am
I loved your writing style in this piece. Adore partially painted tapestries where we get to finish the art!
“To discover they weren’t really there or had never really left.” Whoa! That thought blew me away.
Jack Steiner March 8, 2016 at 6:55 pm
Thank you. I try to put together just enough imagery for the reader to see something and then finish it.
Sam March 8, 2016 at 7:12 am
Well as of now, I’ve found three: my husband and twin boys 🙂
Jack Steiner March 8, 2016 at 8:41 am
That is awesome that you found yours. Thank you for the kind words.