For the first few weeks of the semester, there are four faculty here from River Plate University in Argentina. Usually I teach them grammar, but today, I had them for "Conversation." Fun! We talked about families. It turns out in Argentina, college is where all the Adventists meet their spouses. Or at least, that's how it worked for all my students.
"Don't worry," they told me. "It could still happen for you!"
And then Oscar told me this lovely little story about his grandparents. I wish you could hear his smiling, soft voice telling it in simple English, because it was the best.
His grandpa, Eduardo, and his grandmother, Leonidas, grew up together in Argentina. They were childhood sweethearts - literally. With the folly and faith of youth, they promised each other they would get married someday.
When Leonidas turned 13, however, her parents decided to move to France. She and Eduardo said a sad goodbye. Three long years went by, and Eduardo missed Leonidas terribly. Finally, he decided life without her was too much - or too little? He got on a boat and sailed across the ocean.
When he found her parents in France, they were very surprised to see him. Leonidas was only 16. But Eduardo was 18, and the year was 1914. So when he told them he wanted to marry Leonidas and take her back across the ocean, they said yes. And so Eduardo and Leonidas got married, escaped the war, sailed back to Argentina, and spent the rest of their lives loving each other.
Isn't that nice?