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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Love Story

Mom and Dad on their wedding day.

A Love Story:

Because two people loved each other:

40 years

3 children
8 Grandkids (none of them mine. LOL)
15 Great Grandkids 

All because Raymond saw a shy girl named Erma at East Texas Motor Freight and walked to a pay phone every day to call her at night, spent some of the little money he had to buy flowers for her every Sunday, accompanied by a little note to tell her how much he loved her. 

All because Mom said “Yes.”

For me personally, this had great benefits:

Our Family.

I was born, first of all. A good way to start. 

This was followed by the facts that:

I had a roof over my head.
I was never hungry one day in my life.
I was warm.
I had a dog.
I had a cat.
I had multiple turtles. My favorite named Pistol Pete.
I had a tricycle that I jumped on when I was 5 and told my Dad that was running away to California. He chased me to the corner. (It would be 30 years before I made good on the promise. Long after Dad was gone…)
I was given an education.
I learned to read and to write and to love movies
I was given the tools to pursue a career that I enjoy.
I was loved… by a mother and a father who would sacrifice anything for us.

I honestly never grew up. And I don’t think I really did until Mom died on this day, February 13, 2018, at 10:40 AM . 

And even now maybe I’m not too grown up. Because I sure miss having Mom around to tell her my tales and have an audience to delight in my adventures… my biggest fan. 

I owe her and Dad everything. 

They were what Love is all about.

I will always recall every Valentine’s Day, Mom would act like she wasn’t expecting it, but she’d be looking out the kitchen window waiting for Dad to come home, and without fail he would pop in, that mischievous smile on his face, and give her the biggest box of candy I’d ever seen. And she would almost cry. 

She didn’t need much, my Mom. But she so appreciated being remembered. 

And so I am. 

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and all those that you love and who love you. 

Embrace it. And…Fly

It’s only the beginning.