Forty Seven Octobers

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My husband, Mike, once took one of those personality tests at work. When the results came back the psychologist announced that he was a quite an interesting man. He noted that Mike was highly principled and that he would maintain his ethics even in the face of unbearable peer pressure. Interestingly his profile also showed that he was a man of few needs who actually enjoyed working alone. The psychologist joked that if the company gave Mike a cardboard box with a lightbulb in which to do his work, he would be perfectly satisfied. In other words, Mike is the strong silent type. He’s John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, and Gregory Peck all rolled up into one person. He is who he is and he doesn’t worry a bit about what others may think of him. He’s a great foil to my uptight, worried, sometimes easily swayed tendencies. Together we have somehow managed to forge a partnership of forty seven years that works beautifully. I suspect that if I were allowed to enter a time machine and relive all of them I would eagerly repeat our life all over again.   Continue reading “Forty Seven Octobers”

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Once Upon a Time

Fairytales can come true.

It can happen to you

If you’re young at heart…

i282600889611905699._szw1280h1280_When I was eight years old my favorite stories were fairytales and I really and truly believed that they were real. My beliefs were reinforced when I attended my first wedding. My eldest cousin, Leonard, was marrying a beautiful young woman named, Jeanne. The two of them seemed as close to being a prince and princess as any couple that I had ever seen. 

 I didn’t know Leonard as well as my other cousins. He was a good ten years older than I was and of course didn’t hang out with us younger ones. I was in awe of this handsome teenager to whom I was related. I worshiped him from afar and my esteem for him only increased when he introduced his lovely girlfriend. My aunts told me that Jeanne had been a popular cheerleader and beauty queen at her high school. I never knew if what they had told me was true but she certainly fit my impression of the kind of young woman who would have been revered by her classmates. The best thing about both Leonard and Jeanne is that they were always so kind and friendly to everyone. They were gorgeous and talented people who were simoly down to earth.  Continue reading “Once Upon a Time”