Witnessing Love Unfold 1

It is with a great deal of pleasure and a hint of nostalgia that I am witnessing the unfolding of a love affair. I was there when the two people met each other (it is too soon to call them a couple).  I was there when contact info was exchanged.  I was there a week and a half-later as they attended a small gathering with two other couples.

What a thrill to watch the courtship dance as the couple makes tentative steps toward one another and the careful attention they pay as they share stories and opinions during the course of an evening’s conversation.   Their stories and opinions are new to each other.  In fact, everything is new – brand, spanking new and sparkly – as they discover each other.  Emotions are heightened as the woman tries not to broadcast her interest too loudly and the man plays it cool (his very presence showing he is, indeed, interested).

Both have been burnt before.  They are in their forties and survivors of first marriages.

There’s nothing like the beginning of love – the electricity, the uncertainty, the compulsion, the caution – it is all a rich stew that can be savored and devoured but will never, in subsequent renderings, taste quite the same or as potent.

How delightful to be a witness and take a walk back through my memory to a time not so long ago when my own love was unfolding and the cards were in the air: will it solidify and last or not?  It did.  (Thank, goodness.) 

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About Candelaria Silva

Candelaria Silva-Collins is a marketing, community outreach and programming consultant; writer; and trainer/facilitator who lives in Boston, Massachusetts. She has designed and facilitated workshops on a wide variety of topics including communication, facilitation, job search skills, team building, and parenting issues. She currently coordinates the Community Membership Program of the Huntington Theatre Company. Her work as Director of ACT Roxbury was profiled in several publications, including The Creative Communities Builders Handbook. Candelaria’s children’s stories, short stories, essays and reviews have been published in local and national publications and she is an active blogger. Her publications include the booklets, Handling Rejection; Pushing through Shyness: Networking Tips when You’re Shy, Slow to Warm Up or Just don’t Feel you Belong; and Real Questions about Sex & Relationships for Teens: A Discussion Guide for Parents. She has served on the boards of Goddard College, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Foundation for Architecture, and Discover Roxbury. She is currently Chair, Designators of the Henderson Foundation.

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  • jim

    “Kenhurra” is a Yiddish preventative measure that allows people to say things without “putting a whammy on it” as it were, so I say Kenhurra to this entire post.