I was in Colorado recently and did an engagement session with Madalene and Sam, whose wedding I will be photographing in July in Fort Collins, Colorado. We did a vintage themed shoot and Madalene wrote some short fiction to accompany the pictures! Locations include Union Station, The Brown Palace, and The Denver Public Library.
It wasn’t long after Pearl Harbor that Sam, having a drink after a long day in the machinist’s shop caught Madalene’s eye. She was enjoying writing about the uptick in jobs in the U.S. now with the war starting, but it wasn’t all good news, and she didn’t know where her own job as a reporter would take her next.
Still, Sam was funny and warm. Their first date took them to a more upscale bar, where they sipped sidecars and talked getting ready for war. They visited museums, discussed their love of gardening and dogs, and laughed together as they explored the bustling city. It hardly felt like a day when three weeks into their blossoming romance, Madalene got the call. The Times needed a war correspondent, and they wanted her in Europe next week.
Sam was beside himself. He loved working as a machinist, but had dreams of moving to a farm where together they could raise trained dogs for hunting rodents, and garden together. With Madalene packing for what was certain to be a long stay in Europe, would their romance survive?
His entreaties were no match for the exciting position Madalene knew she could expect in Europe. Their country needed her now. They tearfully said goodbye at the train station. On both of their minds was the patient but delicate possibility, would they reunite sometime in the future, and make their dreams come true?