Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Young Love's Blushing Blunders Struck by Cupid's Deafening Arrows

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Young Love's Blushing Blunders Struck by Cupid's Deafening Arrows

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Gunshots rang out. My brother, who was waiting in the car, ducked down as he heard a gunfight at the end of that New York street between a cluster of thugs squabbling over who-knows-what.

Up on the fifth floor of an apartment building, I was saying a long, long, long goodbye in the hallway to the woman who would eventually become my wife. Budding love has a way of being oblivious to the swift turn of events of daily life as well as to practicalities such as diving for cover as bullets whiz by.

My brother, on a visit from California, suddenly felt that being inside a double-parked car in front of the building was not the best possible place to be.

He scrambled out the door on the sidewalk side and crouched between two cars as a figure ran up the street and dived underneath a nearby car. More popping noises.

My brother, not too surprisingly, wanted to be safely inside, like me. He ran quickly across the sidewalk. In the small entranceway to the apartment building, he frantically pushed the buzzer to the apartment of the woman I loved. …

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