The setting was my friend’s reception after she married her second sweetheart. Her first sweetie left her for bluer skies, and she took nearly a year to get back into a happy space. The timing proved just right. Her new love walked into her life just as she began loving herself anew.

We were so excited for my friend and her newly betrothed. They chose a lovely spot with a mountain view for their reception. We dined and toasted, and a live band played.

As the band swung into a slow number that had the saxophonist Manchester grooving down a romantic musical corridor, I realized the tune was one that had meant a lot to my friend and her former sweetheart. I looked to her with worry in my heart, but she kept dancing with her new groom and kept smiling. She was happy and whole once more.