Our dads grew up together... her's stayed in in his home town and mine moved to Arapaho. In May of 1979... the day after I graduated from High School... I moved to her town. I first noticed her while sitting at an outside table at the Dairy Boy. She drove up in her dad's Jeep and walked to the window to place her order... time has not diminished the memory of that moment... I can still see her today.
A month of so later, I blew up the engine in my 1970 Road Runner... stayed on the throttle a little too long. The door of my uncle's shop opened up to the town's main drag and one day, while I was in the shop working on my car, her and two or three of her cousins walked in to say hello. Now I had not only seen her... I had talked to her.
Our lives were really on different tracks. She, a junior in high school, was doing what high school girls do... school work, basketball, friends, etc. and I was working long hours and wasting what little time I had off running with a serious party crowd headed no where fast. Really... no one thought we would ever become an item.
A year, maybe longer, passed before fate (providence?) would bring us together. A friend of mine was dating a friend of her's and the two of them decided the two of us needed to go on a double date with them. So... to the Seminole Pizza Hut we went. Thus began our unlikely relationship that has now spanned nearly 28 years.
I know her. Brenda is beautiful inside and out, kind, caring, compassionate, considerate, helpful, funny, fun, faithful, charming, playful, entertaining, talented, organized, smart, industrious... I could go on but perhaps I should just say... she's the BEST PART of us! She loves Scott, Tish, Bree, Jarrett, Shane, and Ashley with an intense, incredible love. She is loyal to her friends, leads the ladies who attend her Sunday school class, longs to help people connect with God, all while enjoying the simple things of life... gardening, mowing, hunting, fishing and camping. She's got it all and she's my wife. I love you honey!
This Aging Thing
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