A long-running advertisement from the Rosetta Stone language-instruction service contains a photo of a young fellow and the following description: “He was a hardworking farm boy. She was an Italian supermodel. He knew he would have just one chance to impress her.”
What the ad doesn’t say, of course, is what happened after that.
Rosetta Stone, this past January, asked for continuations to the story; they got almost 300 submissions. The ending to this one (#29) I liked particularly:
“And that,” said the old lady in the rocking chair to the group of small children sitting on the ground around her, “that is how your grandfather and I met.”
“Next time,” said the old man sitting in the corner. The children spun around to look at him. “I’ll tell you about our honeymoon in China. I’m still amazed I was able to learn Chinese as well. Language certainly opens doors for people. It did for me.”
He looked into the old woman’s eyes, the same ones that captivated him that day long ago, and smiled.
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