I can’t say exactly when I fell in love with this man.
He was on stage the first time I saw him, portraying Mr. Elton in a production of Jane Austen’s Emma (my favorite), and I was an audience member. I laughed loud and long when he delivered the first line of the play while pretending to read from a book:
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
I heard my laugh hit the silence of the auditorium. Apparently, I was the only one who got the joke (as a character from Emma read the first line from Pride and Prejudice). And so I slumped into my chair wishing someone—anyone—shared my sense of humor.
I actually met him a week later after a college worship service. Someone in the crowd pointed to the…
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