Sarah is an independent beauty consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics and has many long-term customers. But it was her recruits who really came to her aid during her husband's long-term illness and subsequent death three years ago.
Her recruits made contacts, made deliveries and essentially kept her business going during that difficult time, and later, when Sarah was grieving.
One cold rainy day Sarah was trying to pull herself up emotionally and work her business. As she went down the list of customers whom she felt she had neglected over the past years, she dialed one after another, trying to reconnect and re-establish her business.
As she dialed Faye's number she remembered what a nice lady Faye is, and what a good customer she has been. Faye has held several Mary Kay parties for her in the past, and maybe she would book one now.
Sarah wanted to meet some new people who may become new recruits.
"Hello," a man answered.
"Mr. Wilson," Sarah said, "This is Sarah, with Mary Kay. May I speak with Faye?"
"I'm sorry Sarah, but Faye passed away two years ago," the widower said.
"Oh, no. I'm sorry," said Sarah. "I understand how you feel. My husband passed away three years ago, and it seems like yesterday."
He told her about the terrible tragedy, and she shared her heartache with him, and they talked several hours before he hung up. He reminded her that his daughters used Mary Kay, and would she like to call them, or for him to call them.
They decided to do both.
Several months and many long phone conversations later, they decided to have a dinner date. This became a regular Friday night event. Mr. Wilson became known as Larry to her and her adult children.
Larry had a business of his own to operate and had some out-of-town appointments, which he hinted to her to accompany him on. She said absolutely not. She re-iterated that she was a Christian lady, respected in the community (and by her children), so there was no way she could go out of town with him, even in separate rooms.
Neither Sarah nor Larry wanted to disrespect their deceased spouses memory. Larry had been doing more and more of the things her deceased spouse had done, such as planting flowers, trimming hedges, spending time with her sons and lots of little things that showed Sarah what a special person he was.
Sarah began having a glow about her and even though she still grieved for the wonderful person her husband had been, she began including Larry in her conversations with friends, inviting him to her church, and to family gatherings. And he reciprocated.
They became friends with each others children, and Larry proposed. A year later Sarah still had not chosen a date even though she accepted his ring. Last July they went for a weekend trip by themselves and got married.
Their families were very happy for them, and they make such a beautiful couple that you would never know that they had each lost the loves of their lives and had found such a wonderful second chance at love.