She was standing at the end of the bar. A tall woman, which skin the color of coconut creme and beautiful brunette hair. I was nursing a drink and contemplating my future. Having just ended my second marriage, I fully anticipated spending the rest of my days as a lonely bachelor dying alone. However, something in me stirred at the sight of her and I thought, “Just once I am going to take a risk and ask a strange woman if she would like a drink.” I did and she smiled and said, “Thank you.” When we started talking, it seemed that we had known each other all of our lives. Secrets that are normally hidden in the deepest recesses of my soul came pouring out and she understood completely. For the first time in my life I found myself falling completely and totally in love with this mesmerizing woman.
As we got to know each other better, I learned more about her as well. She was working in the United States to support her parents and children who lived in Brazil having fled the economic calamity that has befallen that beautiful country. She had not been back to her country in six years. She had been sending every extra penny she could earn back home to her parents, whom due to an automobile accident several years ago were incapacitated.
I know that at this point many of my readers are shaking their heads and thinking, I know where this is going, beautiful woman from another country and lonely older man. In any case, having the prospect of coming into some money from the sale of a property following my divorce, I offered to buy a plane ticket so she could see her children and made it clear that this was a gift from the heart with no expectations of anything in return. It was something I felt inspired to do. She happily accepted, went to Brazil and nearly died from an infection acquired following her flight. There was nothing to do but pray.
During one of our conversations before she departed, she mentioned The Secret as something that had inspired her to risk everything to come to the United States. I downloaded the book and began to listen and listened every evening during the three months it took her to recover. All the while wondering whether I would be spending the rest of my life waiting to die, or begin to start living for the first time in 55 years with faith and hope. I made a choice and I envisioned her recovery and return.
Two years ago were married on a beach in Brazil with her family and children all in attendance. We now have a successful restaurant in New York and her daughters are all attending college in the United States. Failure was not a possibility and now we are living a life that we never dreamed was possible when we first met. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Thank you Universe!