One night while out walking with her mother the little girl asked, “Mama that sign in the window says Quality Meats, what does it mean?” Her mother shivered and answered, “It’s where they sell dead animals that have been drained of blood and cut up to cook and eat; it’s false advertising, Darling.” Then she added with a grin, “We know quality meat is of one piece, fresh and filled wth heart pumping blood to drink straight from the neck and there is some over there walking in the park; so let’s go get some supper.”
It was her first time in a plane and the first time she had ever left her home and family. Her father had made all the plans of course, and her mother tearfully said goodbye not knowing if they would ever see each other again. As she watched the sun rise over the horizon she wondered what the man her father had chosen for her looked like and if they would one day fall in love.
She loved him so much but lately, he was very troubled and unhappy and wouldn’t tell her what was the matter. She tried to make him understand that she would love him no matter what the problem was but he would have to tell her what was going on. How could she help him when he has put this fence of silence between them?
People laughed and told him he would never find what he wanted because it was unreasonable and insane to think that such a thing existed. But he kept looking and when he saw the strange little man he knew his searching had not been in vain and he asked, “Sir, do you know where I can find the one true love that I desire more than anything else in the world?” The gnome nodded knowingly and said, “Aye, follow the sign over there, but ye must remember the unbelievably impossible is only possible if you believe.”
They all stood looking at the man in the spotlight with his sly smile basking in the attention of the crowd. He made statements calling them promises, comments that were nothing more than wisecracks, jokes that were hurtful, not funny. Still, they raised their hands and cheered knowing that if they showed their true feelings they would have to leave this place they called home.
They were going to his company picnic where all the big shots and their wives and the beautiful young staffers would be and here was the woman he loved more than anything showing off her outfit and waiting to hear what he thought. He was waffling and he knew it, but how could he tell this woman he loved more than anything who was just shy of sixty and at least a hundred pounds overweight that she looked silly in the mini skirt and tank top with a sequined Tweety Bird on it? “Oh, Babe, I don’t have the words but come on over here and I’ll show you what I think and we just might miss the dumb ole picnic this year.”