Ed: After another study group (yes, we were nerds), we headed home. Leonor left first. Since we hadn’t decided to date yet, I chose to walk around the block the opposite way so our friends wouldn’t see me. Luckily, I caught up with her at the steps of her apartment building. Leonor turned while standing on the bottom step and smiled at me. I said, “I wanted to say goodnight.”
Leonor: I stayed on the bottom step to be at eye level with Ed. Ed looked at me with big, brown puppy dog eyes. My heart was beating so fast I could hardly breathe. I said softly, “I wanted to say goodnight too.” Ed leaned in slowly and kissed me gently for the first time. The kiss felt like a slow-motion dream. I didn’t want it to stop, but when it did, Ed said, “See you tomorrow.” I said, “I can’t wait.” I floated up to my apartment and turned on the radio, and the Hall and Oats song “Your Kiss Is On My List” was playing.
Ed: For over 30 years, we have made every effort to kiss when we say goodbye and again when we say hello, especially if we will be apart for a while. Sometimes the kiss sadly becomes a quick friendly peck or a hurried “air kiss.” Every now and then, when this happens, one of us will remember more passionate kisses and will surprise the other with a long, 15-second kiss or sometimes longer ;-). When Leonor gives me a long kiss, I feel the love radiating from her to me, I feel important, I know I matter to her. Leonor’s kiss is still on my list of the best things in life.
Leonor “Leo” and Ed Rivera are members of the local Worldwide Marriage Encounter community.