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Another chance at love

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Posted: February 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 23, 2014 2:00 a.m.

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I lived in Southern California. He lived in Illinois. I was in my 70s. He was in his 60s. We never would have met if it wasn’t for the computer. We were both members of a poetry writing group, called P.O.E.M.S, on the internet.

My late husband died on Easter Sunday, 2006 so I wrote a poem and submitted it to the poetry group. I wrote: “This is in memory of my 84 year old husband who just passed away.”

Bill sent me a warm email commenting on the poem and I wrote back to him. This started a friendship with talking in IM and, eventually, on the phone.

My grown children were having a big birthday party for me the following February. This wonderful man, who had lived all his life in Illinois, left all he had ever known, plus a son, daughter, three sisters and three grandchildren, to move out to California to be with me.

We were married in a fairytale wedding in October 2008.

My two daughters, Leslie and Summer, were my attendants. My oldest son, Scott, was a Groomsman and my other two sons, Steve and Rich, walked me down the aisle and gave me away.

Bill’s son, Billy, flew out to be his Best Man. All three of his sisters were at the wedding. Bill and I went to a studio and recorded ourselves singing ‘our song’, “The Keeper of the Stars.” That is what was playing when we walked into the lovely gazebo area.

One of my granddaughters, Alison, sang “Evergreen”, another, Ashley, sang “From This Moment”, and a third, Erica, read a love poem we had written.

A lovely reception was held in the banquet room of the Odyssey Restaurant, on a hill overlooking the San Fernando Valley. After dinner, my daughter Leslie, her husband, Ron, playing his guitar, and their daughter, Alison, sang love songs while we all danced.

Since Southern California often has cold Santa Anna winds blowing in October, and we were being married outside on the gazebo patio, I prayed really hard before the wedding that the wind would not be blowing.

It was a lovely balmy evening, but when the reception ended and we left the Odyssey, a gale was blowing.

I was laughing and my new husband asked why.

I said, “God sure has a sense of humor. I prayed for no wind for the wedding and, now, he’s showing me what could have been.”

We have had five blessed years of marriage now. We are both still writing poetry and articles, and I had a novel, “A String of Pearls”, published under my pen name, Alexandra Tozzi.

We sing in a chorus and performed six Christmas shows in the Santa Clarita Valley this year. Bill belongs to Kiwanis and I belong to Questers. We are official chaperones for my daughter Summer’s ROP high school class, “Virtual Enterprise”, and go to trade fairs with them twice a year.

We live a busy and happy life.

And guess what – we are still wonderfully in love.

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