Falling

Sandra reminisces on how she got together with Hugh and what attracted her to him, hoping to recall these qualities and focus on them…

So many emotions inside of me. Constant searching, perpetual motion. Re-discovering myself over and over again. Re-focusing. Trying to remember the way we were when we fell in love. I met him through a mutual friend. He was a foreigner, on a long-term assignment in my country, and I found him different and interesting. Before you know it I was his unofficial interpreter. I accompanied him at meetings, we went out for coffee together. His world was so vastly different than mine and it fascinated me. He had had it all and lost it – a successful company, expensive cars, huge houses, big parties with fake friends, a business partner that lied, stole and caused the company to go bankrupt. Left with nothing, he picked himself back up, realizing the pointlessness of the acquisition of shiny material objects and wishing to live a simpler existence. He had traveled a lot, and had seen and experienced so much more than I had. He was very kind, caring, a good listener, always making jokes, never imposing on me, a great gentleman. He opened the door for me everywhere we went and always insisted on paying the bill. I was not used to such attention, it was all very new.