My oldest daughter and I were heading into the city a couple of weeks ago. We stopped in our local town for gas. Another vehicle was also pulled up and a teenager was pumping gas into his family's car, but I didn't pay him much attention.
I went inside to get my change. As I got back into the car I saw my fourteen-year-old daughter turned around in her seat, staring after the car that was driving away.
Before I could ask what she was looking at, she settled back in her seat and announced (to my considerable surprise), "I just saw my future husband."
Well, this took a little digesting on my part. I asked what it was about the young man that caught her attention.
She started ticking off points on her fingers. "He's Christian, because the car had Christian bumper stickers," she began. "He's about my age but not in school, so he must be homeschooled. He wasn't slouching, texting, and didn't have his jeans around his knees. He had blond curls, like the 'little people' in legends. He was wearing a beret, which I love but no one, especially teenage boys, would be caught dead in around here. And finally, he was wearing a 'Lord of the Rings: Return of the King' t-shirt."
After a long pause, she added “It’s kind of a pity I’ll never see him again."
Upon reflection, that's not a bad list of character traits for a fourteen-year-old to assemble about her future husband. Pity she'll never see him again.