I might be cursed, I think blessed to have found two adoring and committed husbands in my lifetime. I lost the first after 22 years of marriage to cancer. The second was an Internet find through American Singles, so I know the system works. He died unexpectedly in a tragic motorcycle accident after only 5 years. I treasured both relationships, and value the closeness and unshakeable bond that is possible with a partner. Is it possible to discover that a third time?
And so I take time to ponder... what WAS it about me that caught Chuck's eye nearly 10 years ago? WHAT do I offer that made him tell me he was the luckiest man on earth? Maybe it was my sense of adventure- after two weeks of Internet banter and one date, I invited him to come along on a cruise to Mexico! I can't get any more spontaneous than that. Willingness to help? Maybe. I tiled his bathroom and replaced his kitchen. Sincere? Intelligent? Considerate? Funny? Responsible? Kind-hearted? Ethical? Independent? Hard Working? Honest? Creative? Crafty? I'd say all of that. I know close friends have often remarked that I am "solid" and the "strongest woman they know". Truly, my strength comes solely from the intensity of the relationships I have shared and the commitments I make. I'm the kind of gal you would be proud to take home to meet Mom!
Life is about enjoying all the opportunities we have, experiencing the great wonders of the world. And it seems to be more enjoyable when shared. Travel- a drive to the coast or mountains. Longer adventures to Europe or the Caribbean. I'm referred to as "the Travel Queen" by family and friends. I'm known for getting really great deals to great places. When I get there, I can't just sit by the pool. There is a rental car involved. If I'm near water, there will be a catamaran adventure, snorkeling, parasailing or whale watching. I had a black marlin on the hook one time in Zihuatanejo. I circled Aruba on a Harley. I saw the sunrise from the top of Haleakala on Maui. I can't imagine doing any of that on my own.
For those who wonder how Salem Oregon can be so close to the Olympic Peninsula, I bought a house in Port Hadlock! It may take a few YEARS to sell the farm and pack up, but my latest plan is to move to an incredibly beautiful part of the world, discover new adventures and spend my time LIVING instead of just existing. Renovations are in progress.
And so I press on... not necessarily in search of another long term commitment at this moment. I value companionship, I value friendship. I truly don't know a soul in my new hometown. It would be nice to establish some friendships before I move! I don't necessarily want to duplicate my late husband or repeat the same things over... It would be fun to mix it up and go camping for a change, try something new. I need someone with a sense of humor, to be able to laugh at me and himself. He will be educated, employed or financially stable. I appreciate a man that can speak English and write full sentences with punctuation and spelling (hopefully, this requirement leaves out foreign scammers looking for donations!). I NEED him to be tall- over 6'2"preferred. (That isn't optional- please don't respond if you are short!!) He has to be open and honest, and I'd be lying if I didn't mention that 'bad boy" twinkle in his eye... Is that you?