This is the second chapter in a three part tale … read, consider and enjoy!
Through the love of the expectant heart of that maiden, the woman that would become his wife and princess, he escaped the superficial love he had always engaged in and finally discovered and encountered the true love of his youthful quest.
You, the reader, may wonder what such a love looks like.
While the dark knight had long believed and pursued a love that was self-satisfying and self-serving, he soon learned that true love is focused outward instead of inward … rather than focusing on meeting your own needs, true love is focused on meeting the needs of those you love.
Defining those needs in such a short tale as this could fill a volume rather than a few pages. But dear reader, please understand this knight began to develop the sight to see the needs of his princess … although he was not quite so quick to see the needs of his now young heiresses.
While the knight now had the eyes to more truly see and understand what love is intended to be, he also began to discover there were indeed foundational stones that must be in place to support so great a thing as love.
First and foremost among those stones is trust. While in his prior wanderings, lies and deception had become an accepted way of life, nothing brought his princess to the anger extreme of her passion quicker than catching one of her loved ones … be they child or man, or perhaps the label boy is more appropriate here … in a lie or deception. A lie is oftentimes the tip of the iceberg named distrust. And just as an iceberg sank a ship named the Titanic, this iceberg will destroy and annihilate love. The odd thing is he really should have known that … he had already gone down with that ship named love a number of times as a result of collisions with that same iceberg.
Second among those foundational stones is hope. There is a hope found in love built upon the history of love and life lived together, upon a love and life being lived together and upon a love and life yet to be lived together. They indeed build upon each other … love builds hope and yet somehow paradoxically hope supports love.
Third among these stones is presence. Love demands living in the presence of the one you love. He would later discover there are different kinds of love that do not have such continual requirements. But the love between a man and his wife demands that they live in the presence of one another. Yes, there will be indeed be separations for short periods of time but a love built upon a life of frequent and extended absences typically will not last and also runs the risk of destroying that love. If he truly loved his princess, the knight quickly learned, his desire for her would drive and demand him to constantly want to be in her presence.
And fourth and finally, love is supported by endurance. Many a young lady he had encountered in the past staked her life and her love on the precept of ‘living happily ever after.’ And if truth be known, he too might have been guilty of living upon such a precept. Rather than providing the groundwork for a marriage that will last, such a precept typically lays the groundwork for an exit strategy. When one no longer is ‘living happily ever after’, this must mean one has yet to find her prince or his princess charming and the pursuit of such must begin again or the quest simply must be given up as unattainable. Instead the dark knight, whose armor day by day seemed to brighten, discovered that love endures. While one could hardly call going thru the good times endurance, it is indeed so. But that is the easy part. When times are tough, when disagreement sets in, when you might lose sight of that love you once were drawn into and embraced; it is quite easy for a knight to mount up upon his steed and flee into the night … the darkness. But to endure through the difficult times, he soon learned through his love for his beloved wife, is to ride into the depths of love … to ride into the brightness of light.
Dear reader, while I indicated a bit earlier in this tale that their King had brought them together, please do not let that deceive you into believing they knew their King. Quite frankly to say they had met the King or that he was even a mutual acquaintance would be an exaggeration beyond compare. The knight and his maiden had indeed been told about the King but they knew him not …
(to be continued tomorrow)
I originally wrote and published this little tale nearly five years ago. Hope you will return tomorrow for the conclusion of the story.