I once started making a list of suggestions for persons about to marry, and the list
got so long that I saw it could possibly discourage the couple. I had to drop the idea.
However, I will offer this: Quietly notice your prospective mate’s attitude
toward children, the elderly, and animals. I realize that the Bible says that of faith, hope, and charity (that is, love),
the greatest of these is love (I Corinthians 13: 13), and probably the most beautiful way that love can be expressed is in
that chapter, and of all the versions I’ve seen, the Living Bible has the best.
But if a person has compassion for the three I mentioned earlier, that person will
have the love Christ asks of us. Even in the days of cowboys and Indians, every western book I’ve read (and that’s
one of my change-of-pace reading hobbies), you’ll see that the cowboy had no use for the person who mistreated his horse.
It told him all he wanted to know about that wrangler.
And if a human can remember his childhood, he must appreciate the untold hours that Mom gave her being to
the needs of a helpless little one…if he can realize that one day he will again be the helpless one in old age, and
if his heart goes out to animals on a freezing, sleeting day, hoping they have shelter…chances are great that he or
she will be a good mate. I even wrote some lines years ago that might be appropriate here. I called it "Dependency."
"When he’s born, she is his nurse…When he’s grown, she is his universe…And when he’s
old…ah then…She is his nurse again."
Another time, these words came to me: The elderly, lying is the fetal position, are in the arms of
And one more of my
poem-thoughts: Love is like the wafting air…Like our years that flutter by…Tho unseen, it’s always there…Fragile
as a butterfly."
May I mention
that my book of poems in in my website, open to all. Much of my writings are there…www.billthorntonconquests.com.
I invite you in, wherever you are on this planet.