But Did He Love Me?

woman playing dead, lying in the sand

I chose to write this true story about a favorite relative in first person in order to retain the impact it had on me.

I was never sure if he loved me. I mean right off, Burt liked my sister. I don’t know why. I mean, Tina, she’s pretty in a tomboy way, but I’m the real girl with my flamey hair and legs all the way down to China. So, I don’t know why the boys like her so much. I guess ’cause she’s fun. I was never fun. I was too much work: “I’m not ready yet!” “No! It’ll mess up my hair!” Hah!

But the minute I saw Burt, I loved him. He was tall and skinny, but with cute bulgy little muscles. He lifted weights and was so vain—every time we’d go by a mirror, I’d check my make-up and he’d check his muscles. Hah!

First he come around hoping Tina would break up with Jim. Idiot. I mean, he’s Jim’s best friend! But then we started talkin’ and something just clicks. Well, that and he keeps looking at my gams. Anyway, pretty soon me and Burt are an item. I was so nuts about him. I just wished he’d’a asked me to marry him before Jim and Tina got engaged.

Anyways, five months after they got married, me and Burt tie the knot, and all I wanted was to sign that paper and drag him off to my cave, you know? Me cave girl! Hah!

We left the reception in a convertible Burt borrowed from his cousin Franky. We got this bottle of champagne—I know we shouldn’ta brought it, but we did. And we’re laughing, and Burt’s glowing. Glowing! And I’m thinking, “That’s ‘cause of me. I make my man glow!” Anyways, we’re going down this highway in the middle-a-nowhere, and I’m so happy I’m thinking it’s gonna last forever!

But then one minute I’m pouring champagne and the next I’m in the hospital. And the first thing I say–no, scream–is, “Where’s my Burt!” So, Mom and Tina, they told me what happened.

We hit a tree. There was this truck, and we swerved and hit a tree and totaled Franky’s Pontiac. Hell, almost totaled us. Burt, he come to about half a hour later, and I’m not even in the car, I’m out front on the ground. They said I looked like a broke rag doll all covered in blood.

Poor Burt, he didn’t know if I was alive! But he gets outta the car and he picks me up and carries me two miles without stopping till he comes to a gas station. And then he sits down with me in his arms, and says, “Help my Nancy!” over and over again, “Help my Nancy!”

When I wake up, Mom and Tina are there, and they tell me what happened, and then I fall back asleep. And when I wake up again, Burt’s there in a wheel chair, holding my hand. He says, “Hiya, doll,” and there’s tears in his eyes. And then I see his legs. They’re both in casts. And that’s when I find out that he…my Burt…he carried me two miles on two broken legs!

Then I put my hand on his face and he kissed it, and I finally knew: My Burt’s not some big hero, he’s just a ordinary, vain, skinny guy that did the impossible…

Because he loved me.


About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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43 Responses to But Did He Love Me?

  1. >WHEW!< I was afraid the story was going to end another way! So glad they made it, and that she knows now that he does love her. ❤ (A line from one of my songs: "Love is not what you feel, it's what you do.")

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  2. raenegade says:

    Wow! What a story….perfect for a day like today.

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  3. Wow! I also thought it was not going to end the way it did… Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Ahhhh,what a great story! Thanks for telling it, Mitch.

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  5. grAnnie Roo says:

    You wrote this one so well I kept reading even when I was afraid of the worst. Great job, Mitch!

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  6. karanoel says:

    What a beautiful, well told love story! Thank you!

    Liked by 3 people

  7. roninjax says:

    Wonderful story and message Mitch. True love surpasses any given day. 🙂

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  8. Love of Biblical proportions! Thanks for taking the time to write and post this, Mitch.

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  9. Hi Mitch. This is a winning story. Its lessons are absolutely correct. Take care.


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  10. themeonnblog says:

    Wow! This is a beautiful story!

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  11. Reblogged this on Inspirations By Katheryn and commented:
    Read this to the end. It will bring tears to your eyes. Katheryn

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  12. M.B. Henry says:

    Well that sure got a smile out of me!! (I was afraid at first, but glad to smile in the end!)

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  13. TEP336 says:

    A truly amazing story. I do love a twist ending, my friend. I had to go back and recheck to see if this was a true story. I’m glad to know they both made it out alive. What an amazing love story.

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  14. What a story…and to think it’s true!

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  15. The Hinoeuma says:

    What a lovely story.

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  16. Garfield Hug says:

    Such a great couple. Love is so great! One in a million!😃🌹

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  17. Deb Farris says:

    I was expecting a different ending. But then, I should have known. Not from you. So wonderful to be touched by a story of true love. Thanks Mitch.

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  18. Ann Coleman says:

    That is true love for sure!

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  19. Nancy Ruegg says:

    Compelling story, so very well-told. Can’t imagine carrying another person on two broken legs–and two miles no less. God must have given Burt superhuman strength!

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  20. I concur with your other commenters–a beautiful love story well-told.

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  21. God had his hands on those 2!

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  22. I am speechless. Thank you.

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  23. Good read. Like many of the others comments, the ending caught me unexpectedly. Thank you.

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  24. I’m very emotionally invested in this piece!
    I forgot myself reading it

    Absolutely in love with your writing style.

    I would love to hear your opinion on my posts as well!
    Someone with so much talent would give great advice on how to grow!

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  25. Well, you got me crying at 6am.

    Beautifully told, Sir. 🙂

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  26. brm7 says:

    Thanks for the like, so appreciate it.

    Liked by 1 person

  27. Yashasvi says:

    Love can surely make you do the impossible! Amazing post!😍❤️

    Liked by 1 person

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