Update from Die Laughing
Shelby’s Expectations Exceeded
I’m not easily impressed. Long ago, I stopped expecting too much from people and simply accept them for who they are. Fern is the exception. She consistently contradicts notions I thought I knew. With her planning and execution, I enjoy myself in places I never imagined I would. Her visions become my preferences. It’s uncanny how often we are in sync. I’m amazed and delighted every day that this beautiful woman is securely in my life.
Grateful tears pool in my eyes while thinking of my last three years with Shelby. I’m thankful for us meeting, but more for our mutual love. A partnership usually means compromise. With us it never feels like I concede anything, our wants mesh. I have more freedom to explore my personal goals because I’m supported by his love for me and mine for him. The iconic phrase, “you complete me” finally resonates.
I understand his flaws. When he gets mad, its not at me or because of me. We still laugh every night, at silly things only we would find amusing. Our life together is full even in a room with just a couch and a TV. I’m in the best place right now, not because we are together, but because we fall asleep holding hands.
Fern Goodman is an award-winning author and poet. A Michigan girl in a Florida world, her background in travel and event planning has been replaced with life coaching and authoring.
Her first book was a collaboration with her sister, of musings about dogs, mirroring her sisters’ original photography; Captured…the look of the dog. Other short stories of hers appear in various anthologies: Lost Dreams, Important Firsts, What a Character, Demonic Household, Where does your Muse live? and Work of Hearts Magazine. Fern’s specialty is reality humor, which she demonstrates on YouTube, Fern at the Stardust Lounge.
Although her latest non-fiction Kindle short read, Shooting UP Hope, is not a humorous subject, Fern finds a way to soften the mood of tragic events.