A Match Made in Heaven, A Homeowners Policy Made to Order

As a busy insurance broker, Tina Silver rarely had a chance to pursue other activities. Nevertheless, somewhere in between presenting personal, auto, home and business coverage along with associated quotes, she did find time for diversions.

“Hello, Rebbecca? This is Mrs. Silver. I’ve been thinking about you since I met you at the Gardner’s wedding in Monsey, NY last week. You have so many great qualities and I was quite impressed with you. I was thinking that I have the perfect guy for you! Please call me as soon as you get this message.”

It was true. Rebecca had struck Tina as a lovely girl. Although on the reserved side, she demonstrated a wit and intelligence that were remarkable. Tina just knew that Brian Mason would be a great idea. Tina’s friend, Zelda had been hounding her about her son, Brian, for the longest time. At 32, he was single and his mom was not too pleased about it.

“I’m going out of my mind because of the aggravation,” Zelda would confide in reference to his unmarried status. “Brian’s terrific, but the single women simply do not appreciate his qualities because, at first meeting, he appears very quiet. If only they’d give him a chance to open up, they’d really see what he has to offer.”

Tina smiled to herself when she noticed the caller id come up on her phone as Rebecca Wine the morning after she had left her message.

“Mrs. Silver, thank you so much for thinking of me,” Rebecca said with a graciousness that was endearing. “Tell me about who you have in mind for me.”

“Oh, Rebecca,” Tina gushed. “This guy is guaranteed to sweep you off your feet! Listen, Brian gives a quiet impression at first, but once the initial uncomfortable period wears off, you’ll see what he has to offer. He’s tall, handsome, charming and smart. I know the two of you will hit it off. Can I give him your phone number?”

“Uh, you know, Mrs. Silver,” Rebecca began, “I don’t really want to go out with anyone at the drop of a hat. Does Brian have any references I can call about him?”

Tina grabbed the moment. “Does he have references? Of course he does! Let’s start with the guy he carpools with every morning, Steve. Call him at 845-222-2222. Then give a neighbor, Paul, a call, at 845-444-4455. Good enough?”

“Sounds good, Mrs. Silver. I’ll call you as soon as I get the roundup about him. Thank you!”

It didn’t take long for Rebecca to get back to Tina with a ‘yes’. Once that was taken care of, Tina went to work dialing Brian’s number. Though she would have preferred to speak to Brian herself, he didn’t answer. Resigned to leaving a message on his voice mail, she gave her best to paint a glowing depiction of the girl. She ended the message with Rebecca’s cell phone number and clear instructions to call her at 8:00 in the evening.

As life goes, events and happenings filled Tina’s days and she placed the episode of Rebecca and Brian on the back-end of her brain. When Rebecca called some time later to tell her that she had never heard from Brian, but had recently become engaged to another young man, Tina gave a good-natured laugh and a hearty wish of congratulations.

Then, one evening, a sharp knock at Tina’s door prompted her to open.

There stood a beaming Brian. Next to him was a young woman with red, shoulder-length hair.

“Mrs. Silver, I wanted you to be the first one to know. After one date with Doreen, I knew she was the girl for me. It took a longer time for Doreen, but now we’re both ready. We’ve decided that a June wedding will work just fine.”

Tina looked from one smiling face to the other.

“Uh, congratulations,” she said with some hesitation. “You must have been dating Doreen when I called with my suggestion for Rebecca.

Brian’s confused look changed to understanding within a minute. Laughing, he uttered the words that explained it all.

“I was wondering why you didn’t mention the blind date’s name when you left your message,” he said. “Then, I figured, I’d give it a try regardless. You must have rambled off the wrong phone number, because when I called Doreen, she certainly was startled, but she agreed to see me. I guess your mistake was a gaffe that was meant to happen to me because Doreen is everything I ever wanted in a woman!”

Doreen and Brian married in June as they said they would with Tina, joyously in attendance. To be sure, it was a match that was made in heaven. With the new couple’s purchase of the home in NJ next door to the Silver family, Tina’s involvement was more hands-on, as she sold them a tailored house owner’s policy that gave them the peace of mind they need to begin a wonderful life together.

Satria Permadi

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