They were sixteen when they fell in love. They graduated together.
They couldn’t keep their hands off one another and did not go out much. Preferring to stay home to watch movies and cuddle. Doing everything together, as young love does.
Someone drew a cartoon of everyone who matriculated that year. They were the only two depicted as one.
Her dream was to study at a prestigious acting school in Los Angeles. She was selected, and left. He remained behind to pursue his studies.
All the parents watched. And sighed.
Now it is their third year apart and he still has three years of studying ahead of him.
Both mothers’ hearts break for their children. But they do not interfere. How do you give advice on something you have no understanding of? Courting over Skype in spite of an eleven hour time difference. Touching physically for a little while only twice a year.
While so young and restless.
What everyone does understand is that if this relationship makes it, they would have earned it. The usual issues that crop up and are dealt with over time has to be sorted out quickly. Like jealousy and trust. All of us might have time to fight it, or fight about it. They don’t. You cannot distrust the other at night when you are alone in your bed, and make it work. Trust for them is a decision, not a feeling.
Everyone who knows them, roots for them. Because they deserve it.
They take it one day at a time, with the optimism of their youth. Not looking too far into the future. Not sweating the small stuff. They simply love, and believe that they are loved. Trusting that this love will be rewarded.
I know that they will both be richer for having had one another, no matter what. I also understand that to pass this test, they need character, and strength, and endurance, and faith. Which the passage of time, and the separation itself provides.
These two stones rub against one another, sanding hard. The pain released builds character which will be its own reward in time to come.
You are so faithful and brave my little children that my heart aches when I look at you, when my thoughts touch upon you.
I pray God’s favour over you. May He give you all the desires of your hearts till there is room for no more. And keep you strong and content, and faithful, and pure.
I have so much I want to ask for you, but rest in asking that His will be done. Because I don’t know what is best for you, nor do I know what the future holds for you.
And it is not for me to decide.