When I saw today the news that Patton Oswalt had gotten engaged to actress Meredith Salengerjust 15 months after his wife of 10 years passed away, I hoped the Internet doubters and haters would for once keep to themselves. I could already hear what they’d angrily type into their keyboards: “Too soon, too fast!” they’d screech. “He sure didn’t waste any time,” they’d balk.
Well, of course he didn’t. Why can’t people see that this just makes sense? That when the universe throws you a curveball amidst your grief and delivers you a perfect second chance at love, my god, you TAKE IT.
I know this because I lived it — albeit from the other side. My husband and I had a whirlwind romance and got engaged just six weeks after we met — which happened to be just three months after his wife of nine years had passed away suddenly. Neither of us was actively seeking a serious long-term partner, but that’s what fate delivered -– and we’re both grateful for it.