High heels and hills
Ed: We had been friends for four years and dated for two when I proposed. I was looking forward to seeing Leonor’s reaction when she saw the house that was in the listing I showed her dad when I asked him for his blessing to marry her.
Leonor: Ed seemed excited as he drove me to the house. We turned into a small street. I could imagine getting to know our neighbors and watching children playing here. Ed pointed to a house on a hill with another hill behind it. My heart sank. A steep snowy and icy hill was in front of me, and I was wearing high-heeled boots. Without thinking, I blurted, “I’m not climbing up there.”
Ed: I said, “Well, we’re here, so let’s take a look. Before she could protest, I picked her up and carried her up the steep driveway, through the breezeway, opened the front door and set her down inside the house.
Leonor: I was caught off guard. When Ed carried me over the threshold and put me down, I quickly composed myself. I looked around. Cozy. Unique. Decorated with mementos from around the world. Instead of seeing hills, I started to see possibilities.
Ed: I saw the look in Leonor’s eyes, and knew she saw what I saw … a home. Thirty-three years later, we’re living in the same home, still filled with possibilities and wonderful memories. Our youngest son, Sean, once taught us that part of the happiness in life is having something to look forward to. For us, home is something we look forward to. We cherish those memories we’ve made here. Both home and the memories bring us back to what is important when we come face to face with the steep hills in life.
Leonor “Leo” and Ed Rivera are members of the local Worldwide Marriage Encounter community. To learn more about Worldwide Marriage Encounter, visit www.wwme.org. To read more of Leo and Ed’s blogs, visit https://catholiccourier.com/viewpoints/blogs/to-have-and-to-hold