Friday, July 27, 2012

Take An Umbrella


When my husband was a young man, prior to our meeting (on a blind date!) he got the yearning to become an actor.  He began his "career" at a summer theatre in Traverse City Michigan, "The Cherry County Playhouse".  It brought in at the time "famous" actors for the lead roles and the extras or "co-stars" were those that were considered "the company".  Gary was part of the company.  His time spent at Cherry County Playhouse was a memory that he kept for a long, long time.  He saved all the newspaper clippings & photographs and made a scrapbook that he proudly shared with all who showed the least bit of interest. 

While there, he "costarred" in a play entitled "The Curious Savage", a story about an elderly woman who had been placed at "Happy Dale" by her family.  A place where those that were residence had been brought there by the men in "white coats".  Mrs. Savage was far from needing men in white coats and while there left an indelible impression on all she met.  She taught everyone she encountered that there are many ways to show love, one of those was "to take an umbrella, it might rain".  In other-words I care about you, and love you enough to remind you to take precautions. 

This made such an impression on Gary, the fact that there are other ways to say I love you than just verbally, that with each letter he wrote to me before marriage and after we were married he always drew a little umbrella either on the envelope or under his name.  I saved most of his letters and pulled one out today to share his umbrella with you. 

So if it happens to be raining in your part of this wide world, "take an umbrella," I care. 

"Love has a way of making places sacred and moments meaningful"  ~  Janet Hobson


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14 comments:

Dotti said...

Oh my, Deanna ... I'm all choked up! But what a lovely story to start my day. Yes, Gary is so right ... there are more ways than words to say, "I love you". In fact, I think the actions speak louder than words, don't you?

Wish I could draw a little umbrella here for you ...

:-D

AFishGirl said...

Taking deep breaths in and out. Love. All the manifestations of love, all the ways we show it, the ways we care and reach out and embrace. I won't forget this post, Deanna. oxoxoxox Pam

heyjudephotography said...

Oh so sweet, and a wonderful message that love is shown in many ways. Thank you so much for sharing your story. (-- (my attempt at creating an umbrella on the computer!)

heyjudephotography said...

Well, that's just great! I create the umbrella and when posted it was broken into two different sentences :( Ok, again.... (-- (Sad, I know, but I tried!)

Barbara said...

such an awesome sweet memory to keep tucked away in your heart.

kelly said...

i love the message and i love the story. what a special memory. thanks for sharing.

Kim Stevens said...

Oh I loved this Deanna . . . such a sweet story. A wonderful reminder of all the million ways we can say "I care". Thanks for sharing this! xo

Dotti said...

Judy - I tried to with similar (lack of) success!

Dotti

leigh said...

I have goosebumps Deanna! What a wonderful story and such a sweet thing your husband did for you. Such a precious memory!

terriporter said...

Sweet, sweet story! And I love that you've kept those letters and still have that tangible evidence of his love for you. So special! Thanks for sharing this -- what a wonderful thing to wake up to this morning!

Amy said...

What a beautiful post filled with wonderful memories and a legacy of love...

Viv (modifica) said...

Beautiful story straight from the heart lovely

Carol said...

It's so lovely that you married a man who wasn't afraid to verbalize his love for you. It's also a wonderful idea to think about the many, many ways love can be shown.
You returned that to him with all your care. True life love story right there. Today , I thank you for this post and send you a big bunch of sister-love

Robyn Greenhouse said...

Such a sweet story! I love real life romantic stories like this!

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