“Sonny, TRUE LOVE is the greatest thing in the world-except, maybe, a nice MLT (mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich), where the mutton is lean and the tomato is ripe.”
–Miracle Max, ‘The Princess Bride’
This is a story about True Love.
Once upon a time (1975ish) in the land of far, far away (Newton, Massachusetts), a young princess (13-year-old Felicia Sanchez) entered Warren Junior High School, where she met a young prince (13-year-old Dana Lukens). While the princess spent much of her time playing flute and acting in school plays, the young prince was busy with Track team and soccer. Still, each watched the other from afar, becoming more and more enchanted as time went on.
Like many storybook romances, however, the prince and princess each got swept up by other events in their lives and they were both too young and shy to reveal their true feelings to the other. In 1980, they graduated from the royal Newton North High School and each went off to different kingdoms to pursue their dreams.
Years went by (about 33 of them!) and the young prince and princess had grown into amazing and vibrant adults, with interesting lives, thriving careers, beautiful castles and, for Dana, 2 wonderful sons (this is a modern fable so, yes, both had married along the way but realized that they were not with their true loves ).
MOST importantly, as we come to the climax of this story, they both had Facebook pages.
A. Felicia (who, as kids, we all called “Leachy” ) is one of my oldest and dearest friends, from as far back as elementary School and we have remained close until this day.
B. Dana and I were friendly back then, but I remember him more as the boy who Leachy thought had great legs.
C. Dana and I reconnected a couple of years ago on Facebook and have become friends.
D. I love to play matchmaker (“So, Dana, you should really connect again with Leachy. She’d love to hear from you…”)
On July 28, 2012, Thirty-five years after Leachy wrote in the Warren Jr. High yearbook that she’ll always “remember D.L.”, I drove with my wife to Portland, Maine to attend their WEDDING!!!!
Now how’s that for a Love Story?
I hope you enjoy this slideshow of the royal couple’s celebration, which I made with love, accompanied by Maxine Nightingale singing her 1976 hit, “Right Back Where We Started From.”
(note: slide show is in flash, so you won’t see it on your iPad!)
Congratulations, my dear friends and, like the storybook says, may you live happily ever after.
To see all of the photos from Dana and Felicia’s celebration, please click here: