Kissing Toads IV

1Frog“When unrequited love is the most expensive thing on the menu, sometimes you settle for the daily special.”
Miranda Kenneally, Catching Jordan

Did you come up with a theme song for your life yet?  In keeping with the theme of this saga, here’s another one of my favourites from Rickie Lee Jones.  Now, the tone is set for a new twist in this strange tale of toads.

1 Frog, 2 Frog,
Red Frog, New Frog

After 5 frogs failed to turn into prince charming, two dear friends confronted me and issued a stern warning. “You’ve got to break the curse!”  Astonished, I asked, “What curse?”  In unison they said, “The curse of the frogs!”  Surprized, I asked, “Really?  You think I’m cursed?” Again they spoke in unison, “Yes!  You’re cursed!  Maybe your father didn’t do it intentionally, but it happened.”  And their advice?  “You’ve got to burn the frogs!”  I thought they were kidding but they were serious!

After giving it some thought, I decided that perhaps my friends were right.  The frogs had to go.  However, I couldn’t bring myself to burn them.  After all, they included fine art, crafts and gifts from some treasured friends and family.  What I did do was remove them from the premises.  I packaged and stored all the frogs in giant tin cans where they remain hidden to this day.  Afterwards, I called friends and family, and provided strict instructions to cease and desist with the frog gifts.  Since that time, I never received another frog.  However, something else happened that was rather strange.

6 Frog

At some point, I began dating a banker.  Just to be safe, I told him the frog story in advance, and also warned him that frogs were not welcome in any way, shape, or form.

Within a few months, I found myself head-over-heals in love with the man.  It seemed to me that our stars were aligned because we were both in-sync in many ways.  We were each experiencing great success in our careers, volunteer work, and social lives.  As time went on, we took every opportunity to work together, travel and volunteer together on major projects.  Life was fun, filled with adventure, and there was excitement at every turn.

The years passed until one day, while traveling, we went to lunch at a Chinese restaurant.  I was surprized to notice that the menu offered frog legs and mentioned how strange this seemed to my banker.  Knowing my frog story, my boyfriend quickly dismissed my concern saying, “Some people like frog legs.  It’s no big deal.  It’s just frog legs!”

That evening, we met friends at a steak house.  After scanning the menu, my dear banker couldn’t decide on a selection so he asked the waitress, “What’s the special?”  She answered, “Steak and frog legs.”  My heart sunk.  Catching my expression, my boyfriend quickly said, “It’s no big deal!”  I thought to myself, “Okay.  Fine!  No big deal.  I’m overreacting.  Sometimes frog legs are just frog legs and not a sign of impending doom.”  Regardless, I felt a few butterflies fluttering in my stomach and a feeling of anxiety began to take hold.

The next morning, my favorite banker said, “Hey!  There’s a new Mexican restaurant that just opened.  I heard it’s supposed to be great so let’s go there for lunch.”  I agreed and looked forward to the experience.

When we arrived at the restaurant, it was jam-packed with hungry patrons. Happily, we managed to get the last available table and found ourselves seated in the center of a beautiful but crowded dining room.  Immediately a waiter swooped in.  He gave us menus and placed an enormous lime green ceramic frog in the center of our table.  My jaw dropped open and the colour drained from my face.  My boyfriend finally admitted, “Now that’s weird!”  I looked around and there wasn’t another ceramic frog in sight.  The waiter explained that frogs were good luck in Mexico.  I had my doubts about this.

It was a three frog warning.  However, I ignored the obvious signs.  I continued to hang-on to that relationship and for the next few months, lived in denial.  Then, I finally payed attention to my spirit guides plus listened to my own intuition.  While speaking with my boyfriend on the telephone, planning our weekend together, I noticed the digital clock on the telephone display struck 11:11.  In that moment, it suddenly hit me that something was wrong.  Without thinking, I found myself asking, “Are you seeing someone else?”  The silence was deafening.  Sixty seconds passed quietly and I watched as the clock changed to 11:12.  Finally he spoke, and answered with one quiet word, “Yes.”  Stunned, I said, “Good luck with that,” hung-up the phone, and left my office to cry on a friend’s shoulder.

Months later, a friend told me that my boyfriend had attracted the attention of a highly motivated waitress who regularly plied him with free drinks.  She had pursued him relentlessly for years until he finally gave in and began dating her in secret.  The woman’s tenacity, single-minded focus, and free drinks paid-off in the long run because he married her a few years later.

Those who challenge us the most are our greatest teachers.  For that we can thank them.  Clearly I had been kissing yet another toad so I’m extremely grateful for the waitress, the angels, and the team of toads that mysteriously appeared on my path as a warning.

Divinity is always providing guidance and protection, plus you should trust your own intuition.  What about you?  What signs are meaningful to you?  What is your gut telling you?  Pay closer attention than I did, and you’ll always stay safe, and on-track.

There is more to this story.  Tune-in again!
If you missed a part, click on one of the links:

Part I
Part II
Part IIIPart V

Written by Elizabeth Rose, Author, Diamond Lantern