Everything happens for a reason. You hear that a lot when something bad happens to you or when you're faced with a challenge.
It almost never makes you feel any better, but it's true.
I have proof.
In the summer before my sophomore year in college, my parents closed the swimming pool business they had owned for the better part of two decades. I realized a tuition bill would just add another burden; so I offered to take the semester off until they got their financial house in order. We agreed that I would return to school in January no matter what.
I did nothing but work that semester, and in January I was back on campus. But I'd have to make up that semester I missed. I would graduate in the fall, not the spring, of '97.
Because that's the semester that changed my life forever, and for the better.
|That smile started it all|
It started at the end of the spring '97 semester. The semester I should have graduated.
|We fit perfectly together|
The rest, as they say... is in this blog.
|Happily ever after: 12/7/02|
All because of a smile.
If not for that smile, who knows how my life would have turned out?
I'm so glad that everything happens for a reason. My daughter wouldn't be here today if it weren't true.
So next time you hear it... as much as you don't want to... believe it.