Wow is all I can say!
Amy and I were chatting about people in our lives that are bipolar the other day on her post Left, Right, Left, Right. It was such a touching post that I felt the courage to share…well…a secret. So I shared with Amy that I had been married before and that my first wife was bipolar, but it was not a story that was mine to tell. I didn’t have her permission to share.
Well, as we all know God works in mysterious ways. The very next day my first wife, Ellen, messages me on Facebook saying that she and her husband were coming close to where I live and would love to see me and catch up. This was no coincidence. This was God.
We meet at Waffle House for dinner. The oddness that I thought I would feel left me the moment I walked up to her. We immediately hugged and went inside.
After she picked on me for still eating like a horse and not gaining weight I told her about the comment I had posted. She just said Stuart you can share any part of our story if you feel it would help someone.
We sat in Waffle House for 4 hours that night and reminenced and shared stories that have taken place over the last twenty years. We all hugged upon leaving. Such a wonderful blessing.
Here is her comment after I texted them both thanking them for the evening…
We did too. Was great in many ways. The evening was profoundly healing, as I think it was freeing for both of us in ways that can’t really be expressed in words. Beyond that, it was also just fun catching up. You’re still great to hang out with!
The journey to forgiveness will be shared in the future…as I now have her permission to share our story…our part in each other’s puzzle of life.
As with any story, there are parts that need to be included and parts that do not. I need to figure that out before sharing