Granny Mae, your story is moving and your lesson is very wise. Thank you so much for sharing that experience. Hope one day we all find something as special as what you had.
P.S. A gymnast, huh? I can imagine why you stayed as long as you did ...
Haha... Oh, man. There couldn't have been a more perfect emoticon.
Thanks to everyone for listening to my stuff. Sure, I'm sad, but when I think if I'd one day married her and the kind of life I'd have had, I don't feel so bad.
Ah, well. Next step: calm down, find work, save money for graduate school, enjoy myself a bit while I'm back in New York, and help out some other China newbies here on the Saloon the way people helped me out last year.
Thanks again to everyone.
Granny, every once in a while I reread your story and am not sad anymore. It makes painfully clear what is and isn't important in life. Thank you again.