True Love – from Chicken Soup For the Soul

 

Moses Mendelssohn, the grandfather of the well known German composer, was far from being handsome. Along with a rather short stature, he had a grotesque hunchback.

One day he visited a merchant in Hamburg who had a lovely daughter named Frumtje. Moses fell in love with her. But Frumtje was repulsed by his misshapen appearance.

When it came time for him to leave, Moses gathered his courage and climbed the stairs to her room to take one last opportunity to speak with her. She was a vision of heavenly beauty, but caused him deep sadness by her refusal to look at him. After several attempts at conversation, Moses shyly sked, “Do you believe marriages are made in heaven?”

“Yes”, she answered, still looking at the floor. “And do you?”

“Yes, I do”, he replied. “You see, in heaven at the birth of each boy, the Lord announces which girl he is to marry. When I was born, my future bride was pointed out to me. Then the Lord added, ‘But your future bride will be humpbacked.’ “Right there and then I called out, ‘Oh Lord, a humpbacked woman would be a tradegy. Please Lord, give me the hump and let her be beautiful.’ ”

Then Frumtje looked up into his eyes and was stirred by some deep memory. She reached out and gave Mendelssohn her hand and later became his devoted wife.

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