He’s Italian of stocky build with salt-and-pepper curls.
After a breakfast of hot black coffee and a shower,
he is dressed and out the door in ten minutes’ time.
By coloring, she could be mistaken for Irish
with fiery eyes of hazel and fiery hair of red.
After a full breakfast and a shower,
she is dressed and out the door in forty-five minutes.
He drives away in his pick-up truck sporting jeans, t-shirt and work boots.
He leads crews of men up to 20 in number, often around the clock to meet impossible
deadlines for the rich and famous. His commute can be 30 minutes by road
or three hours by plane.
Her day begins in exercise clothes or her favorite home-alone clothes,
oversized shirts with bleach burns and baggy ten-year-old scrub pants.
Her errands may find her adorned in jeans or a sundress
after dedicated time in prayer and meditation.
He prefers to say good-bye by the bed, with her still between the sheets–
naked, vulnerable and exposed. He feels guilty when he allows her to travel to be with him. He doesn’t feel worth her inconvenience.
She prefers to say good-bye at the door, with her hair combed and looking cute–
confident, inspiring and put together. She feels validated as a woman
when there is an open door to travel with him on projects,
a special invitation to be his help mate.
He compartmentalizes his feelings from his to-do list,
punching off completed orders and lining up new ones.
He is fully present in the moment, always aware of the clock.
He manages the pressure of time and the stresses of humanity.
With each quarter hour, he answers a dozen calls.
His reputation and the bottom line drive him.
She examines and analyzes her feelings while performing any task.
She is fully attentive to her to-do list and fully aware of her heart.
She disciplines her yearnings and desires, sorting out fact from fiction.
With each quarter hour, she contemplates texting him.
Her need to nurture, to connect and to give drives her.
He is ready for football and pizza after the act of marriage.
His favorite place to relax is with the boys at the golf club.
He encourages the kids to pursue careers of success.
He gives generously so that they can prosper unhindered.
He graduated from the school of hard knocks and
ducks the bat of religion. He is careful to never taunt
people of faith but finds their eccentricities amusing and conflicting.
She is ready for cuddling and conversation after the act of marriage.
Her favorite place to relax is by shopping and dining out.
She encourages the kids to be the best they can be, to pursue their dreams.
She sees obstacles as opportunities for growth.
She graduated from the school of hard knocks and
embraces a life of faith, confident in her beliefs.
Two unknowing martial artists are summoned
to a mysterious war, competing hand-in-hand and heart-to-heart.
The outcome is decided by love, commitment and perseverance.