A story is told about，a young married couple whose names are Jim and Dclla. They are poor but very much in love with each other.
As Christmas approaches, Della wonder what to get Jim for C’hristmas. She would like to give him a watch chain fur his gold watch. but ;he doean’t have a enough money. Then she gets an idea.She has beautiful long hair. So Della decide, to cut off her hair and sell it buy the fancy chain for Jim’s watch.
On Christmas Eve she return s home, and in her hand is beautiful bos containing a gold watch chain which she purchased bys elling her hair. Suddenly Della begins to worry. She knows Jim admired her long hair, and she wonders if he will be disappointed that she cut it ott and sold it.
Della climbs the final flight of stairs leading to their tiny apartment. She unlocks the door and is surprised to find Jim home and waiting for her. In his hand is a neatly wrapped box containing the gift he purchased for her.
When Della removes her scarf, Jim sees Della’s short hair, and tears well up in his eyes. But she says nothing. He chokes back the tears and gives Della the gift box.
When Della opens it, she can’t believe her eyes. There in the box is a set of beautiful silver combs for her long hair.
And when Jim opens his gift, he, too, is astonished. There inside the box is a beautiful gold chain for his gold pocket watch. Only then does Della realize that Jim pawned his gold watch to buy her the silver hair combs.
Far more beautiful than the gifts is the love they symbolize.
Even at the age of 75. Thelma was very vivacious and full of life. Whcn her husband passed away, her children suggested that she move to a "senior living community." A gregarious‘and life-loving person. Thelma decided to do so.
Shortly after moving in,Thelma became a self-appointed activities director, coordinating all sorts of things for the people in the community to do and quickly became very popular and made many friends.
When Thclma turned 80, her newfound friends showed their appreciation by throwing a surprise birthday party fur her. When Thelma entered the dining room for dinner that night, she was greeted by a standing ovation and one of the coordinators led her to the head table. The night was filled with laughter and entcrtainmnt. but throughout the evening ,Thelma could not take her eyes off a gentleman sitting at the other end of the table.
When the festivities ended, Thelma quickly rose from her seat and rushed over to the man"Pardon me," Thelma said, "Please forgive me if I made you feel uncomfortable by staring at you all night. I just couldn’t help myself from looking your way. You see, you look just like my fifth husband."
"Your fifth husband!" replied the gentleman. "Forgive me for asking, but how many times have you been married?"
With that, a smile came across Thelma’s face as she responded, "Four."
They were married shortly after.
Bettine Brentano to Goethe
You know my heart; you know that all there is desire, thought, boding and longing; you live among spirits and they give you divine wisdom. You must nourish me; you give all that in advance, which I do not understand to ask for. My mind has a small embrace, my love a large one; you must bring them to a balance. Love cannot be quiet till the mind matches its growth; you are matched to my love; you are friendly, kind, and indulgent; let me know when my heart is off the balance. I understand your silent signs. A look from your eyes into mine, a kiss from you upon my lips, instructs me in all, what might seem delighted to learn, – to one who, like me, had experience from those. I am far from you; mine are become strange to me. I must ever return in thought to that hour when you hold me in the soft fold of your arm. Then I begin to weep, but the tears dry again unawares. Yes, he reaches with his love (thus I think) over to me in this concealed stillness; and should not I, with my eternal undisturbed loving, reach to him in the distance? Ah, conceive what my heart has to say to you; it overflows with soft sighs all whisper to you. Be my only happiness on earth your friendly will to me. O, dear friend, give me but a sign that you are conscious of me.
你映人我眼簾的凝睇、你印在我唇上的熱吻，向我說明瞭一切。這一切對於像我這樣的人，對於有過這方面感情經歷的人，看來似乎令人高興。你我天各一方，我給你的凝望和親吻對我已日益陌生。我無法不回想在你懷抱中的溫柔時刻。然後我便開始哭泣，又不知不覺眼淚 已哭幹。是的，在深藏的靜謐中他對我一往情深(我如是想)。難道我就不應該借著永不動搖的深情遙通心聲嗎?啊，你不知道我一心要對你說些什麼嗎?我要對你無限地輕聲嘆息，竊竊私語，讓感情沛溢。願我今生今世唯一的幸福就是你對我的無限的柔情。啊，親愛的朋 友，隻求你給我暗示，你心中隻有我。