upon a time, there was a lonely 39 year old lady named Sharon. Mesmerized
by a beautiful full moon, she sat on the sand at the ocean and pondered
her life. She cried out to the heavens, “What have I done, that
I have no one to love! I have all this love to give but no one to
whom I can give it. Maybe I should just forget about being a wife
and mother and dedicate my life to being the best nurse I can be.”
Calling love to her life, she decides to turn her fate over to whatever
power is out there.
this week-long vacation, Sharon returns to work. On this very day,
August 21, 1999, Sharon meets a very special lady that will truly
change her life. Her name is Jonda. Jonda is very sick with leukemia.
Leukemia is Sharon’s area of expertise as a nurse. Jonda has a large
extended family and Sharon meets them all. One of them, also a very
special lady, was to change the very course of Sharon’s life. Her
name is Kim Parker.
is the sister of Jonda’s significant other, Linda. She is a whirling
dervish of a woman. She comes often with her family to cheer Jonda
up with their visits. On one visit she is talking of her cousin,
Bruce. She has just returned from a trip to Toronto to visit him.
She describes him as sad and lonely. She has forgotten a video tape
of some of their visit in Canada that she wanted to show Jonda and
Linda. Sharon’s ears perk up as they describe Bruce as a stocky
man with red hair, painfully shy, but with a good sense of humor.
Sharon is in the room hanging IV antibiotics and offhandedly says
she likes burly men. A twinkle comes to Kim’s eye. “Why don’t you
e-mail him?” she says teasingly. Kim reports, “Bruce always said,
‘The only way I’ll ever get a girl is if you find me one.’”
next weekend Kim does bring the video tape. Jonda has kidded Sharon
about this all week. Of note is a scene in which Bruce is sitting
on the deck of his cottage and is doing his version of “Bubba” the
redneck with his baseball cap turned backwards and making the most
ridiculous face with BBQ sauce all over him. Sharon laughs and then
says, “Oh, what the hell!” Kim says she will ask Bruce if it is
ok for her to give Sharon his e-mail address. Evidently, he said
yes and Kim gave Sharon the address.
thoughts and feelings are shared between Bruce and Sharon via e-mail
while they were getting to know one another. These simple exchanges
of information became almost scary to them because they shared so
much in common. Then, on October 17, 1999, they e-mail all day.
He sends her photos of his home and cottage, and of him (she has
forgotten exactly what he looks like). She likes all she sees. He
is very handsome to her! He sends a picture of the fall leaves taken
at his cottage. Only a man with something very special in his soul
would have thought of taking this photo much less seen the beauty
of the scene in the first place. She is smitten. Finally, it is
decided that they should talk on the phone.
talked from 10:00 pm till around 3:15 am. Bruce says Sharon talked
and he listened but that is not entirely true. Sharon goes to bed
that night giddy as a school girl because she knows deep in her
soul that finally this is “THE ONE! She just has to convince Bruce
Their actual meeting approaches. Bruce is already scheduled to visit
Florida the week of December 18, for the 50th wedding anniversary
of his aunt and uncle. Would it be the same in person as it is over
the internet and the phone? Can they overcome their pasts to truly
let this evolve into something as special as it appears to be? Bruce
his shyness and inexperience; Sharon her bad choices and heartbreaks.
meets Bruce at the airport with a sign in her hands that says, “Welcome
to the rest of your life.” But she is too bashful to actually hold
it up for Bruce to see. She is relieved and very pleasantly surprised
because she definitely likes what she sees. Bruce is much like the
Scotsmen she had always admired in her childhood at the Highlands
Festivals in Roan Mountain, North Carolina close to her native Tennessee.
She has always dreamed her babies would have red hair. They, then,
drive to Clearwater Beach for dinner. It is a bit awkward, do they
hold hands or what. But once they sat down with the beautiful view
of the intercostals they start talking and it is just as it is when
they talk on the phone. Comfortable!!!
dinner, they take a walk on the beach. They hold hands. They find
a group of Adirondack chairs to sit on and talk. After sitting for
a brief while they return to Sharon’s car, share a shy kiss, and
proceed to their own destinations.
and Bruce spend a day at Bush Gardens and go Christmas shopping
together. On Christmas Eve, they share in all the Christmas festivities
with Bruce’s Florida family. They look at old pictures and it feels
like Sharon has always belonged just were she is. At Bruce’s side!
Once again, with Sharon’s family, both Bruce and Sharon are overwhelmed
by the feeling of having put on their favorite bathrobes and Hushpuppies
all at the same time.
few days later, they part not knowing when they will see each other
again. Sharon is totally despondent but, oh, so hopeful because
she knows that this is “THE ONE” without a single doubt.
e-mails and phone calls again flow between Bruce and Sharon. On
the first phone call after Bruce returns home, he says, “I want
to go someplace warm with you.” Discussions begin on where and when.
has a wedding to attend on New Year’s Eve 2000. He is to call Sharon
around midnight. She waits with great anticipation by the phone.
She has to work that next morning at 0700. She waits and waits alternating
between mad that he forgot to call and scared that something has
happened to him. Finally, he calls around 0300. They talk and talk.
Bruce’s final words to her are a tentative, “I love you!” She isn’t
sure of what she heard and by the time she can respond Bruce is
off the line. She asks him what he said but he never repeated himself.
is finally decided that they will take a seven day Caribbean cruise
right after Valentine’s Day. The night prior to embarking, Bruce
presents Sharon with a diamond heart necklace, his heart.
before he arrives for the cruise, the discussion turns to Bruce
moving to Florida. Sharon scopes out property. Eventually, Bruce
proposes and insists on building a home for Sharon prior to the
wedding. “If we can build a house together, we can spend a life
together,” Bruce insists.
June 16, 2001, Bruce and Sharon were wed. She could not persuade
him to wear a kilt but the church was decorated with Ancient MacEwen
tartan to honor Bruce’s family. They had a hand fasting ceremony
in which their hands were tied with a tartan scarf that was later
placed on Sharon’s dress with a MacEwen clan badge pen. This was
Bruce’s way to welcome her to his clan. Bruce’s mom and dad are
passed and Sharon does all in her power to honor his family. She
wears his mother’s headpiece and veil and alters her dress herself
to help it coordinate with the aged headwear. She carries a white
rose and a thistle in her bouquet.
above is a condensed version of my scrapbook titled, “The Story
of Us.” This business directly came from my frustration in attempting
to find Celtic knots and other Celtic items to scrapbook this album
as well as my wedding photographs. I found shareware and freeware
designs and fonts to use but what I really desired was tartan scrapbook
paper and Celtic knots cut from metallic papers. I made do with
what I found and I will eventually post parts of those albums here.
I scrapped these projects the scrapbook bug took hold. Bruce bought
me a wide bed scanner for my birthday a few years ago and this allowed
me to print tartan papers. I cannot get it to print true 12 x 12
papers but I like the way the 11 x 11 tartan papers look with a
solid background page as a border. It makes the colors pop and I
often use the corner punches to fancy up the page.
next step in the evolution of this business was my discovery of
the Wishblade Personal Media Cutter. Basically, it will cut paper,
transparency, magnet, some fabric, and vinyl with any line I make
on the computer just like a printer prints it. They are expensive
machines but I talked Bruce into getting this for me for my birthday/early
Christmas present for 2005. To justify the expense, I started thinking
of how I might recoup some of the funds I spend on this hobby of