When I was young, I was always in trouble at school and home for asking silly questions. I never seemed to ask the right question to get the answer I needed to solve the problem at hand. Even friends echoed the teacher’s chant, “silly questions, you always ask such silly questions.” Although my questions were deemed ridiculous, I never stopped asking questions to soothe my seeker’s mind.
Thankfully, my questioning nature led me to find my husband. After meeting as strangers when we played/sang for a mutual friend’s wedding, I asked him if he would be willing to play the piano for a local playhouse. I was in the play, and I thought he was a brilliant pianist (and cute too). My friends thought I was ridiculous to ask since Randy who was so shy. Did I listen?
No. Not at all.
I intensified my queries into his life, his family, and his love of music. Randy is an amazing organist as well. To hear him play was to be put in a state of pure ecstasy. Each piece led to more questions and many beautiful discussions.
Slowly, Randy began to ask me questions. Since I was open to answering any question, he felt comfortable asking about my past, my life, my family, and my illnesses. Sadly, that subject was at the forefront of our relationship. We had to know if my seizures etc. would be too much for us to endure.
I continued to be open, honest, and accessible. In turn, I continued asking questions about his family, and his dreams.
On May 3, 1997, he asked me a big question.
My answer was yes!
I realized at that moment, that there is no such thing as a silly question. All questions are valid. You never know where the right question will lead. It could lead to love.
Sue Cook lives in Freeport, Illinois with her husband Randy and two dogs. Her passions include assistance dogs, rescue dogs, music, acting, theater, poetry, and Doctor Who. She’s been in both film and theater and is a regular cast member of the podcast Doctor Who’s Line is it….Anyway? Sue is an advocate for the use of Service Dogs to assist their disabled handlers to maintain their independence. Quigley’s Quest, her first children’s book, addresses how a dog becomes a Service Dog.