December 12, 2018
Meryl had been listening to Jake and the stories from his “love archives” for years. She had been his friend and confidante since they were teenagers. And she’d always loved him without him knowing it. She had stood with him through two divorces, a “fatal attraction” and a six week stay in the hospital. And through it all, he had failed to see the stars in her eyes that shined only for him. The women came and went and Jake shared their shortcomings with Meryl, and she learned bit by bit what pleased him.
Then it happened. The guy she’d been dating for four years suddenly left town and married someone else. Meryl became a recluse with a broken heart. She didn’t answer her phone or her door. She didn’t go to work. She refused to talk to anyone and no one could bring her comfort. Not even Jake.
Jake became disturbed after four weeks of no contact with the person who listened to him when no one else was there. He drove to Meryl’s house and shook the door frantically. “Meryl, you’ve got to snap out of this. I can’t be without you. You must let me in. I’ve got to see you. Without you, nothing is important. Nothing matters. This can’t go on. Open the door!”
Suddenly, the door opened. Meryl held out her hand and pulled him in. For her, his words was the lift she needed. For him, it was the first realization he had of how much he loved her.