John James Patrick first met Edna Sara Cole after his sisyphusean house was completed. Her father was visiting Patrick as a missionary for the county, and Patrick was never one to decline visitors, especially since they were few and far between in his post-debacle period.
Edna Sara Cole was a precocious young woman who took her father's teachings to heart, most notably in her tendency for counting her blessings. She counted them on a charm pendant at first, starting at age 13, but soon found she needed more things to count her blessings upon, since she had so many.
1. I am alive
2. I am me
3. Me is a woman
4. I am never hungry
5. I am never thirsty
6. I am clothed
7. I am Christian
8. I am American
9. I am Californian
10. To be any of the things I can not help being is not to be bad
11. My heart is healthy
12. I don't not have a soul
13. I am not a suffragette but may legally become one should my disposition alter
And so on and so forth.
She counted her blessings on her charms, on her senses, on her wits, on her freckles, on her hairs (both decent and indecent varieties), on her nails, her teeth, on the cuts she made on her upper arm that she hid oh so very carefully with her dresses and her scarves, on the leaves outside her window (in the fall), on the raindrops catching in the yard (in the spring), on the snow, on laughter, on smiles (hers and those of others).
It was at this eventful meeting at the House That 1903 Built that Edna Sara Cole disappeared during her father's lecture on personal hygiene in the bible into some far corner of the house. After a long-winded lecture regarding proper shaving for a good Christian, Edna's father noticed her curious and singular absence. He, an elderly man, requested Patrick to do the rigorous search for her. His first thought, and an accurate one, was to check the attic.
And it was there that Edna Sara Cole was found by her future husband, John James Patrick. She was counted her blessings on each of his collected curses. A blessing for "bollocks," a blessing for "trollop," a blessing for "skítkarl." No records exist of the audible words they exchanged, or what passed between them in that all-too-brief period, but Edna's father did quite innocently observe that Patrick was absent for at least a full 45 minutes and that the two did return looking quite tired and happy.
Created: Jul 27, 2010Document Media