- ChadGunterTrey learns Elise's name from the label on her camera case.
- Elise has no idea who ChadGunterTrey is.
- ChadGunterTrey takes a long vacation from running his million-dollar business so that he can get over the heartbreak of losing his young wife in a tragic scuba diving accident.
- ChadGunterTrey must find a nanny to care for his twin infants while he roams the world and tries to make sense of why he cannot get on with life.
- Oh, yeah, you already know-- Elise needs a job to supplement her meager photography income, so she applies for a nanny position.
- Elise discovers ChadGunterTrey is the potential employer.
- ChadGunterTrey almost kisses Elise because she looks so adorable, but alas, the time is not right and he must head off into the sunset to find himself.
- Although given strict instructions to communicate only through ChadGunterTrey's lawyer in an emergency, Elise feels she must contact him to tell him about the insinuations his mother-in-law has made that the twins should be adopted by her side of the family.
- Insert more drama.
- Elise finally admits to herself she really loves ChadGunterTrey.
- They kiss.
- The end.
What the heck?? Told you I read too many of those things when I was a teenager! What I was coming in here to tell you about got totally lost. Well, two things were on my mind. One, why is it so hard to photograph a full moon and have it look like the moon? Two, why is it so hard to truly forgive?
For the photography bit, I know, I know. I need to read some of the instruction book and start to re-learn what little I ever knew about manual photography. Bet after I do that, I'll be able to capture more of the surface lights/darks from the face of the moon. At least now, I can almost capture the immenseness of the moon in the sky. With my smaller camera, the moon could look as huge in the sky and only be a dot in my photo. Ah, Luna, I do love to look at your world, and I will eventually figure out the logistics of photographing it.
For the forgiveness bit, I'm not sure how to write what I want to say. Forgiveness is something I don't do well, but this isn't about me in particular. It's more about me seeing something in the way some people "forgive" and realizing just how badly I suck at forgiving. Here's the lesson I am trying to learn, now that I've had that moment of clarity:
If you are going to forgive, forgive. Don't add explanations. Don't "grant" forgiveness because it makes you more at peace with yourself. Don't dangle yet another opportunity for the person who has wronged you to finally apologize.
I didn't say I can do it. I know I always hang on to that need to show everyone else exactly why I am right, exactly why I have been wronged. If I am honest with myself, then I can see that much of my forgiveness comes with a string attached-- I forgave you, now you have to do the right thing and apologize to me. Otherwise, consider my forgiveness null and void because you know this whole thing is going to stay with me to the grave. I'm a grudge holder, and I suspect that many people who think they are forgivers are grudge holders, too. It's just the way our minds are wired...well, not everyone, but you know what I'm saying?
You know, I have led a pretty charmed life, and I would say there is nothing horrible that has happened to me. Still, I hang on to little aggravations at times, there's no denying that. Doesn't mean I can't learn something from thinking about forgiveness and observing how it is approached by a variety of people, though, does it?
Done now. Hope the rambling didn't make you wish you'd picked up a Harlequin and read a romance instead of this entire post. . .come to think of it, either choice would've eaten up about the same amount of time :)