Candle of Love
By Kathy Lynn
The little girl climbed up on her daddy’s knee and looked at him
with her bright green eyes.
He put his paper down and smiled at her.
“What do I owe this honor for?” He asked.
The little girl smiled back and tilted her head and said,
”Daddy, how did you know you wanted to marry mommy?”
How did you know that she was the one for you?”
He reached over and on the table was a beautiful blue candle
in a very pretty blue dish.
He reached in the drawer and brought out a lighter.
With the lighter, he lit the candle and it glowed and showed off
all the colors of the pretty dish it was setting in.
“Now,” He said, “I will try and explain how
I fell in love with your mommy.
You see that candle that I lit on the table?
Well, that is what I will use to tell you about
how you begin to know that you really love someone.
Do you notice the different colors
in the flame of that candle?” He said.
The little girl nodded her head and said .”Yes daddy,
it has many different colors in the flame,
but what does that have to do with love?”
“Well, when I first met your mommy we were
just teenagers in school and passed each other
in the halls everyday. I would smile at her and say hi
and she would smile back and say hi to me.
Now you see that yellow outer light coming from the candle?
Well, that is the beginning of love.
For after a while I would see your mommy
and I started to talk to her . Oh , nothing important,
just silly things teenagers say to each other,
but we started to get to know each other better and
soon we became friends. That was the beginning
of my feelings for your mommy.
Every day I would wait by her locker just to see he
and talk to her before class started.
Then we started walking to classes together
and I carried her books for her.
We laughed and talked and finally
I got enough nerve up to ask her if she would go
out to the movies with me on Friday night.
She accepted and it was a great date.
We enjoyed each others company
and had a wonderful time.
“Now sweetheart, do you see that slightly
darker yellow color, almost like a light orange?”
Again, the little girl nodded her head
as she looked at the candle with
the dancing flame that was sitting on the table.
“Well, we started to date more often
and we talked all about our dreams
and what we wanted out of life.
It seemed that your mommy and I had a lot of
the same dreams and plans for the future
As we dated more and saw each
other more we became closer and close,
just like that yellow/orange color in the
candle is closer to the top of the candle.”
, what about that middle light on the candle?
What does that mean?”
Her daddy smiled and squeezed her tightly
in his arms and kissed her on the forehead.
“Well, now, that flame is a deep red color
and it is the brightest color of the candle.
This is the color of deep love. Mommy and I dated
for a long time and we talked and
planned and really got to know each other and as we did,
we found out that our feelings
for each other had gotten deeper and deeper
. We both knew that we wanted to spend the
rest of our lives together when we were finished
with school . We still had many years of
high school both of us wanted to go
to college and get our degrees.
All through college, we wrote to each other
and on the holidays when we came home
we always were together. We grew to love
each other more and more as the years went
flying by and when we graduated,
I asked your mommy to marry me and she said yes.”
“That is why the color of the middle
of the flame on the candle is such a deep red color,
because mommy and I loved each other
that deeply and wanted to spend
the rest of our lives together.”
The little girl smiled and told her daddy
that he was very special
to pick mommy for his wife.
Daddy just laughed and kissed her on the forehead
again and squeezed her tighter
and said that the story wasn’t finished yet.
“You see honey, after we got married
and we both worked for a few years,
we bought this house and moved into it
but it seemed like something was missing.
We had so much love for one another
that we decided that we wanted to
share this love with someone else.
Can you guess who that was?” He said.
“Yes, the little girl squealed, I can! I can!
You and mommy
decided that you wanted to have me, didn’t you?”
As he gathered his little girl
into his arms he kissed her
gently on her cheeks and said
very quietly, “Yes, sweetheart,
mommy and I decided that we wanted
an angel to come and live with us
and be our little girl, and
God sent you to us to love.”
He could feel his little girl relaxing in his arms
and when he lovingly looked down he saw that
she had snuggled in his arms and fallen asleep.
He gently stood up and carried her to her room.
Kissing her on the forehead and whispering