THE COMPLIMENT

A Most Exquisite Compliment

 
Married for decades, Larry and Carol worked together to build a successful business. They raised two daughters who have produced a covey of grandsons. Larry and Carol also built a lovely home, complete with all the amenities, including an elevator, an elaborate stand-alone corkscrew, and a tasteful blend of furnishings and appurtenances.
 
Agreeing to assist the business’s new owners, as needed, the couple retired early and traveled: to famous golf courses worldwide, on ocean and river cruises, and to view the seven wonders.
 
As hospitable as ever, when they are home, they entertain friends and neighbors and fellow church people in their lovely home. It was on one of those evenings, as Larry and I sat visiting quietly among clusters of friends, that our conversation turned their most recent trip. They had been gone for five weeks.
 
“When you travel extensively like that,” I asked, “do you get homesick for this wonderful place?”
 
Larry leaned back in his chair and glanced around at the well-appointed room brimming with friends, then shook his head.
 
“No,” he said, “because the only thing here I might get homesick for is traveling right there beside me.”
 
It was the nicest compliment I believe I’ve ever heard a husband pay to his wife.
 

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About sharonervin

I write novels for and about women. I work half-days in my husband and son's law office. A former newspaper reporter, I have a B.A. in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. I have four grown children.
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