This is the story of a patient love.
I was recently in Vegas, having dinner with my husband outdoors on a beautiful 80 degree day. A woman walked by our table dressed in a long peach gown and wrist corsage. Heading toward the gazebo, she asked my husband to take a picture of her with her fiancé. So begins the story of Victory and Judith.
It really began 47 years ago. In Adrian, Michigan, Vic asked Judith to marry him. Though she initially said yes, Judith thought they were too young at 17 and 18, and gave the ring back. Vic went into the service. Both eventually married someone else.
But Vic never forgot Judith. He moved to an adult retirement community in Vegas. Judith’s cousin joined not long after. Seeing a resemblance, Vic asked about Judith and discovered her husband passed away last August. He decided to send her a sympathy card in Michigan.
Judith and Vic talked a lot via email. In February, he asked if he could take her out for her birthday. Vic flew back to Michigan to be by her side. Both say the date was as if they were never parted. Vic said their kiss took him back to age 18. Now 65, he told Judith, he “didn’t want to waste a day. Forty seven years ago, you gave me something back. I’d like to look for a special ring again, if you don’t mind”.
Apparently, Vic found what he was looking for. On a warm, sunny day in Vegas, he got down on one knee in the restaurant and asked his love to marry him again! This time she said yes, for life!
What are the odds of them finding each other again in life and feeling a connection? What are the odds of them asking the only Michiganders in the restaurant to take their picture and share their story?
In Vegas, Vic wins the best prize of all with his lucky coin firmly in one hand. It says “Believe”.
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