Years ago in years of young, there was
this guy named Dean and this girl named Lin. They knew
not of each other. They lived separate lives apart and
many miles away. In fact, neither knew of the others
When they were very young they both married, not to each
other, but to strangers. They didn't know they were
marrying strangers. In fact, they thought they were in
love with the person. Dean tried for several years to
make the marriage work but to no avail. Dean wandered
from the marriage in desperation of finding "true love".
Lin only got married to have her child; she soon left
the marriage, as it was not a good one. She soon married
again, because she was with child, again. This made her
feel badly inside. She tried for six years to make the
marriage work. But the man she married was not true to
their vows and wandered, looking for something... no one
knows. He abused Lin to the point of breaking her
Then God intervened and sent her to a recovery program.
This was the beginning of her new life.
Dean on the other hand was lost and
lonely and confused. In his desperation he committed a
serious crime and had to face up to his personal
problems. Then God intervened again and sent him to a
recovery program, much like the one Lin was led to.
Mind you these two people, Dean and Lin, still did not
know that each was in this world, walking the same path
far apart from each other.
Twenty-five years passed since Lin started her new life.
Though she never re-married, she was in and out of
relationships that proved to her she needed more help.
Then one day she awoke and prayed and "told" God to get
her out of the mess she was in... "If I never have
another relationship again, I need to get out of these
sick ones, please help me!" she cried.
She again started on a new path of recovery, finding out
how she ticked inside, her fears and doubts about
herself. Why she felt so worthless to have someone love
her back in the way she deserved.
Dean, on the same hand, was now in serious big time
trouble. He had to admit to his inner most self that he
needed help and he had to take steps in finding out how
he ticked inside, his fears and doubts about himself.
Why he felt so worthless to have someone love him the
way he deserved to be loved.
All along these two people still did not know that they
were on the same planet. Then one day a guy, named Bill
Gates, invented the World Wide Web (sic). This invention
opened doors that no one ever thought possible. It
brought people together from all over the world. It was
like when Edison brought us the light bulb and Alexander
Bell brought us the telephone.
After a few years Dean decided to give this new
invention a try. One day, Dean gets himself some parts
and builds a computer. Lin, still rejecting the idea of
messing with computers, finally decided to "give it a
try". Then low and behold God intervenes again. She went
and found a "chat room" not knowing what to do or say.
Then flash... right before her eyes... someone is
chatting with her. Asking her how she was doing and if
she needed help. Her replay was... she was so confused
and lost and didn't know how this chat thing worked and
"yes" if this person by the name of "Peter Dragon" would
be so kind to help her, she would be very grateful.
They took a chance and went into a "Private Room". He
was very polite and kind. Dean never took advantage of
Lin's naivety. They played around with all the whistles,
bells and buttons. They were bonding. They soon became
friends "on line". Then they decided to take another
giant step and exchange e-mail addresses. Soon they were
corresponding via the internet. They both found they
were looking forward to each other's conversations and
correspondence. Then one day Dean decided to call Lin,
and so he did. Lin was truly surprised and enjoyed the
conversation. Though the conversation was a bit awkward
as they knew not what the other sounded like or what to
say out of embarrassment... their bond for each other
started growing deeper. Actually she liked his Texas
accent and his voice the most.
Lin started thinking, "I think I'd like to meet this
person in real life". There were a few glitches, though,
Dean lived in Texas and Lin lived in Washington, about
1600 miles apart. Also, there was a situation both had
and they didn't know how to tell the other... some deep
dark ugly past secrets. They didn't know each other
enough to confide yet.
Just when things were looking good, into Dean's life
came big time trouble again. So Dean called Lin one
night to finally tell her of his past. Dean was so
frightened and was actually in tears. He told her of his
crime of shame and though Lin was startled, at first,
she regained herself and found herself listening to
Dean. She realized he was being true with his fears and
past. She also realized he was in deep emotional turmoil
and thought he might do something stupid. She talked
with him as best she knew how, to try and calm him and
to let him know she was still his friend. She asked if
he was in recovery and on a path of change. He replied
in the affirmative. She accepted that and then went on
to talk about the recovery awhile. Dean was so ashamed,
that he thought it best that Lin not come to Texas to
meet each other. This crushed Lin, but she understood
his pain and shame. She too had pain and shame, of
things that had gone on in her life. They ended the
conversation but before they did, out of the blue, Lin
asked Dean if he had any weapons in the house and if so,
to get rid of them. Dean took this suggestion and did
So Dean and Lin continued to be Internet friends. They
would send e-mail, phone each other once in awhile and
chat once in awhile. Both their lives were busy lives,
sometimes days would go by and they would not hear from
the other. Each felt lost not being in touch with each
other, because, each time they talked they would put
smiles on each other’s face. They would chat for hours,
playing and laughing and joking with each other. This
God intervenes again... Lin's oldest daughter decides to
move to Florida. Bobbie has a car she needs to get to
Florida but she is flying herself and her daughter, and
not driving. Lin decides she needs a vacation and this
is a great opportunity to take one. Then Bobbie and Lin
decide that Bobbie will pay her mom to drive her car to
Florida for her. Lin wants to go through Texas on her
way down to meet Dean. However, she feels this would not
be the proper thing to do; she didn't want to just say,
"Hey, I'm coming to Texas to meet you". Lin was not sure
how Dean would accept that kind of boldness. While
online one day Dean and Lin were chatting. Lin told Dean
she was driving her daughters car to Florida. And yes,
as you guessed, Dean asks if she is driving through
Texas. Lin replies, "I would love to come meet you".
It took a few days for Lin to reach Texas, and when she
did, she and Dean were both pleasantly surprised. Not
only of the looks of each other, though they had
exchanged photos via the net, they had great chemistry.
They again talked, played and joked for hours. Then Lin
asked to stay a day to rest and so they could get to
know each other better. Dean accepted her request. They
didn't have much time so they took advantage of every
second they had. Then it was time for Lin to continue on
On her continued trip to Florida, she got a crazy idea.
Why not fly back through Texas, on her way home, and
stay a few days with Dean. So she called him via her
cell phone. The phone became another means of
communication, since they could not be on line or send
e-mail. She would call him and give him updates on her
trip he would tell her to be careful. She would chuckle
to herself, thinking, "I've been doing this on my own
for how many years now?"... But she adored the attention
and the concern Dean gave towards her. She had never
experienced this kind of friendship in her life. She
wanted more and wasn't about to let this friendship
fade. She knew not how, but she wanted him in her life.
So the story continues and has no ending... these two
people found each other not knowing that the other
existed for many years. Lin was falling in love with
Dean, but did not want to say anything, especially
first. Then one day, they were sitting in the car at a
Drive In... Dean looks at Lin for a while and she looks
at him... then Ray (sic) said "I LOVE YOU". This both
frightened Lin and elated her. She wasn't quite sure how
to respond, but she quickly gained herself and responded
with "I LOVE YOU", also. It may be late in their lives
but they both believe they have been given a second
chance. They feel very strongly towards "allowing" it to
happen as to "making" it happen. There are many changes
to take place before they can begin their new lives
together but they are willing to do the footwork and
leave the rest to God... as He has done a great job so
Dean sent Lin a card one day that sums this whole story.
"Sometimes it seems like there are too many roads... and
you are not sure that you will ever find the right one.
But that's only because we all make our own story... and
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