Build Me Up, Buttercup

Buttercup’s heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high…

Buttercup: “Anything there is that I can do for you, I will do for you; anything there is that I cannot do, I will learn to do.” And with that, she dared the bravest thing she’d ever done; she looked right into his eyes…

Buttercup: We’ll never survive.
Westley: Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.

Westley: Hear this now. I will always come for you.
Buttercup: But how can you be sure?
Westley: This is true love. You think this happens every day?

That day, she was amazed to discover that when he was saying “As you wish”, what he meant was, “I love you.” And even more amazing was the day she realized she truly loved him back.
~William Golding, all above quotes from The Princess Bride

However did I find a farm boy who decades later
still makes me smile and laugh and builds me up?

This farm boy of mine says “I love you” in so many ways every day;
the walls of my secret garden heart come tumbling down…

Like butter, I am melted by his willingness to love someone like me.


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One thought on “Build Me Up, Buttercup

  1. The love between you and your husband, as you so preciously describe it here. dear Emily,
    is a rarity, unique in our present society, according to current marital statistics that are published randomly.. It is a special, loving gift to be sure. But it is hard work, too -. that which reaps rewards beyond one’s imagination.
    Especially important – and lasting – is the example that it gives to the younger children. That can be a message, a witness for them. in difficult and decisive times. The ‘witness’ can be verbal, or quietly tacit but its message will be interpreted loud and clear, and filed away, being retrieved and acted upon when needed.

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