Sunday, February 14, 2010

"With You There Is No End"

The fourteenth (Valentine's Day) installment of Robert Ian Winstin's "28 in Twenty-Eight" blog.

"With You There Is No End"

It's Valentine's Day!

This piece, "With You There Is No End," is, of course, for my wife Susan.

I met Susan when I was performing a concert in Virginia Beach and she was moonlighting as a theater tech at the hall. I was struck by her beauty and charm right from the very start.


Yep, love at first sight.

She, however, was not so enthralled.

"Would you have dinner with me?" I asked expecting her to answer yes.

"No," she answered continuing to push the piano onto the stage - using a lot of concentration to position the piano just so.

"No?" I was really disappointed.

"No." She continued to work the piano into place.

"Drink after the concert?"


"Can I wave to you from the stage?"


"Wow, ... that's a bit ... negative. Married?"




"Spoken for?"


"Thinking about being in a relationship?"


"I'm too tall?"


"Too short?"


"You don't like classical music?"

"Love it."

" ... then ... why?"

She thought for a moment and then looked at me.

"My Momma warned me about men like you."

It took almost eighteen months to get her to agree to even go out on a date with me.

I proposed that very first night.

Of course, she said "No."

Eventually I just wore her down.

If you have but a small percentage of the happiness I have found with my partner then you would be a very happy person.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Robert Ian Winstin

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