Imagine…coming home from two years in the army during the Korean War at age 25, ready for the easy life–no worries, no pressure, and no thoughts about the future.
Imagine…seeing a girl one day as she’s looking over a fence on her tippy toes, and thinking she was somethin`.
Imagine…dreaming that night; dreaming that you are talking to your best friend about a plan crash.
Imagine…waking up the next morning to find out your best friend died in a plane crash that very night.
Imagine…meeting the girl of your dreams (the one on her tippy toes) at his funeral.
Imagine…realizing she was your best friend’s girl.
Imagine…finding the courage to ask her out anyway.
Imagine…your love for her growing steadily and undeniably, so much you want to spend the rest of your life with her.
Imagine…asking her to marry you and her saying yes.
Imagine…two people coming together despite religious differences, loving each other deeply, raising five kids with so little money that sometimes even a hamburger costs too much.
Imagine…knowing your love for each other will be enough to sustain you and yours.
Imagine…your first grandchild born with a disability to severe, he will never walk or talk.
Imagine…a family rallying to help him endure his hardship with grace.
Imagine…realizing that, in fact, he’s the one helping you feel a greater, deeper love.
Imagine…bumps in the road of 50+ years of marriage, and skipping over them fueled by love.
Imagine…sixteen grandchildren later, the two of you still skiing, fishing, golfing, gardening, and entertaining Sunday dinners with friends.
Imagine…the two of you knowing that someday there will be only one.
Imagine…hoping it won’t end here; hoping for an eternal life together.
Frank and Elsie Pomponio, a beautifully inspiring couple.